The creative Manuëla from Alkmaar is a busy bee. At work, for example, she organizes a doll hug hour for the elderly with dementia. These elderly people can then cuddle, sing or talk with the doll cuddly toy.
From crocheting doll clothes to doll cuddling
Manuëla works in the shop of a nursing home. That is where the idea arose to offer the elderly the opportunity to cuddle with lifelike baby dolls. Manuëla received so many positive reactions from residents. Afterwards she started making more creations for her dolls. At home Manuëla also has a very special doll herself. "That doll is now watching everything princess with me".
The clothing and textile department, the toys department and especially the coffee corner RataPlan are places where you could find Manuëla every week until the lock-down. "Since I had a success with lifelike baby dolls I regularly look for nice clothes." And the thrift store is a good place to browse. For example, Manuëla once found a very sweet dress for one of the dolls. “The elderly were amazed how nice the dress looked,” she says.
Not only because the search for special things is great fun, but also for a small purse RataPlan according to Manuëla a great place to browse. There is not necessarily anything specific that she advises to buy from the thrift store. Manuëla: 'I think that's something very personal. Just go there with an open mind and be surprised. ” The best thing, according to her, is that you can always come home with something special.
That Manuëla has been around for a long time RataPlan it turns out when she tells about the interview she did a few years ago. With that article she even appeared in the newspaper. “That is a special reminder of that RataPlan and the article was also on my work. ”
Busy little bee
In addition to her doll cuddly project, Manuëla is very busy. She has many hobbies, but photography is really number one. Crocheting and going out with her mother to cycle is also on her hobby list. They prefer to go to together RataPlan Alkmaar, because “it is nice and close and very cozy”, says Manuëla.