A NEW staff member at a retirement village has swapped a career in fashion and a two hour daily commute for a job enhancing older people’s lives.
Audra Hunt, has joined Middleton Hall Retirement Village, in Middleton St George, near Darlington, after saying goodbye to a daily 52 mile commute to her previous job as a clothing manager for Sainsbury’s in Durham.
Audra, who now has a short walk to work from her home in Middleton St George, is looking to expand on the activities and clubs available for residents including cycling, ping pong, knitting, flower arranging and a photography club.
As Living Well manager, she will oversee a programme which enhances the lives of older people by focusing on the positive things they can do.
Dave Richardson, head of operations at Middleton Hall Retirement Village, said:
“Audra is incredibly enthusiastic and full of energy and we know that she likes to make a difference to people’s lives which is why we knew she was the right person to be in charge of our Living Well programme.
“We know she’ll make the job her own and we’re looking forward to seeing her develop the recreational activities we have at the retirement village.”
Audra, who also volunteers with The Scout Association, said: “I love the fact that every day is different here and I really feel like I’ll be making a difference to people’s lives working at the retirement village.
“I’m looking forward to increasing participation in all the recreational activities we have at the village and helping to expand what’s on offer. Personally speaking, I’ll be doing a job that I love and I’ll instantly have ten hours a week of my life back not having to do the daily commute.”