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Jul 9th, 2013 - Government Minister for Care and Support makes a special visit to Marlborough Court Home

As recent regional winners in the Great British Care Awards, Marlborough Court Care Home in Thamesmead, London was paid a special visit by Norman Lamb MP (Minister for Care and Support). Mr Lamb had expressed a keen interest in meeting a selection of award winners, as he wished to discuss care issues with those who could demonstrate excellence and innovation in healthcare.

His visit was organised by Home Manager Maggie Candy who, after meeting him the first time when she was originally invited to his offices, had said "It was a great pleasure and also reassuring to meet someone from government who is so committed to care issues – this will really make a difference to our elderly clients"

Norman's visit to the home took place on 13thJune 2013 where he met staff, residents and relative's - taking time also to present flowers to resident Gladys Callaghan who was celebrating her ninety third birthday that day. Norman himself was presented with a gift of cakes that were made by Marlborough Court residents during their 'Cup Cake Corner' bakery day.

To commemorate his visit, a plaque was unveiled by Norman and he spoke to guests about the importance of good staff and management in care homes; 'Team Marlborough Court' was toasted for their success.

Home Manager Maggie Candy thanked Mr Lamb for visiting, stating "It is really encouraging to see that Norman is so supportive to care homes - he promised to come and see front line staff, and he has done. We are delighted and honoured to meet him."

Other guests at Marlborough Court included Ian Smith (Chairman, Four Seasons Health Care) and Pete Calverly (CEO, Four Seasons Health Care) who came along to wish the staff well on their special day.

Pictured: Norman Lamp MP, Ian Smith (Chairman Terra Firma), Maggie Candy (Home Manager) and Peter Calveley (CEO FSHC)

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16 Dec 2017

The team at Laurels Lodge Care Home in Woodside pulled out all the stops last week as they took part in Laurels Lodge has got talent.

It was an afternoon full of fun and laughter and the team were up for the challenge and showcased their talents amazingly.

Children from Donbank Nursery also joined the residents that day and they got involved and joined in dancing to the birdie song with the Marlene Smith, Personal Activities Leader. Relatives who came also joined in the dance and had a fun afternoon.

May Duncan said “this is great”! as she danced the birdie song.

Other relatives such as Lorna Graham and Irene Sivewright commented on how good the show was.

The headline acts included:

  • Linda Mason (Deputy Manager) and Lynn Smith (Home Administrator) - ABBA
  • Morag Leslie (SNCA) & Jenny Watt (Care Assistant) – as Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers
  • Rhodora Antiojo (Staff Nurse), Felix Mahinay (Care Assistant), Ewa Misztal (Care Assistant) & Arlene McGillivray (Care Assistant) as the Village People danced the YMCA music
  • Nomeda Jackstienne (Cook) as Madonna
  • Jolanta Nieckarz as Lady Gaga
  • Marlene Smith (PAL) dressed up as Chicken
  • Sheila Gesma (Home Manager) as the DJ

Marlene Smith, Personal Activities Leader, said: “The whole show was fabulous! The teachers from Donbank Nursery said to me that what we did was fantastic and they were very happy that the kids thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. Sheila our manager was our DJ. It was also great to see relatives participating; it was indeed an afternoon full of fun and entertainment!”

Are you looking for a care home in Woodside? Laurels Lodge Care Home offers support for dementia care, nursing care and respite care.


16 Dec 2017

The Rookery Care Home has been fundraising to get some new activity equipment to provide special experiences for those in their care.

Susan Dyke, a member of the team made a big sacrifice and as a result raised over £400 for the cause.

Gail Llewelyn, Home Manager, said: “Sue decided she’s cut her hair off for the cause. She used to have hair that would rival Rapunzel and had never been to a hairdresser, so to have it cut off into a pixie style was a big deal for her. On behalf of everyone at The Rookery I want to say thank you!”

Are you looking for a care home in Ebbw Vale? The Rookery Care Home offers support for dementia care.


15 Dec 2017

The team at The Sycamore and Poplars Care Home in Mansfield celebrated a huge 120 years’ worth of experience last week, as 5 team members received long service awards.

Karen Gilbert, Home Manager presented the7 team members with their Long Service Certificates and gifts as a thank you for their continued dedication and hard work.

Karen said: “It was a pleasure presenting the team with their awards. I want to say massive congratulations to them all for their continued dedication and hard work. They’re all thought of very highly here in the Sycamore and Poplars by the rest of the team, the residents and their relatives.”

Are you looking for a care home in Mansfield? The Sycamore and Poplars Care Home offers support for all types of care including residential care, dementia care, nursing care, respite care and end of life/palliative care.


14 Dec 2017

Residents at Riverside View Care Home in Darlington welcomed Age Concern into the home last week to celebrate everything armed forces related and the service given by veterans.

Claire Westmorland, Home Manager, said: “We have a number of residents in our home who served in the war, and it was nice for them to share their stories, but also a little emotional as many touched on the friends who never made it home. Representatives from Age Concern also shared their service experience, displaying their medals and other momentous from their time in service. I want to thank everyone who has given their service to protect Queen and Country. We’re all very proud of you.”

Are you looking for a care home in Darlington? Riverside View Care Home provides support for residential care, dementia care, respite care, end of life/palliative care and intermediate care.

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