Meet the Cherry Blossom Manor Care Home team
Our trained team of professionals work together to create the best possible experience for those living in the home, striving to deliver excellent care services in a warm, homely environment. You can find out more about some of our wonderful staff members below:
Welcome to Cherry Blossom Manor's website; my name is Jeranie 'Gigi' Despojo and I am the General Manager here. I hope you find everything you're looking for!
I have been a General Registered Nurse for over 25 years now. I was a Community Health Nurse for a long time and also had a few good years of working in a nursing classroom as a Clinical Instructor.
I also worked as a Deputy Manager, eventually working my way up to the role of General Manager for a residential, nursing and nursing dementia care home. It was 3 years of making great differences to the lives of residents and their loved ones.
Personally, nothing is good or outstanding if you don’t make a difference in the lives of people you work for and with.
I always try to add value in people; helping others to succeed is more rewarding than my own success.
Good success is when you value people, find ways and opportunities to make their lives a little bit better and then keep that balance with your own family.
I was born in Newcastle as one of 6 girls. I followed my eldest sister into nursing in 1979, qualifying in 1982. I also have an orthopaedic certificate and have teaching and management qualifications. I am married with one son, named James and I joined Cherry Blossom Manor in 2014.
My role as Night Manager is varied, but my overriding responsibility and passion is to ensure that the care we provide for residents is of the highest standard possible, making their lives comfortable and care-free, whilst still maintaining their independence and dignity. If I get a spare minute you can often find me joining in with the activities.
I started at Cherry Blossom in September 2018 and since then it has been an adventure.
I studied in Verona, a beautiful city in North Italy and, after graduation, I decided to move to England to be able to progress with my studies.
I am very proud to work with my very motivated and caring team on the Wellington Unit, where I became Head of Unit on in November 2020.
I love working at Cherry Blossom because it makes me happy to see people happy when they receive the care they deserve.
My motto is: “Treat others with the same compassion and love you would like to be treated, but remember that everyone is different/unique."
When I am at work I like to imagine how people used to be when they were young like me and what motivated them and what they loved doing.
One day I will also age and I would like to think that I will be remembered for who I am and for the great life I am experiencing, instead of seeing my old age and my illness.
Luca La Porta
Luca joined us at Cherry Blossom Manor as Head of Unit in June 2018, and was promoted to Deputy Manager later in the year. Luca is looking forward to supporting all the staff at the home.
Cristina joined us in 2016, starting as a Healthcare Assistant. Christina then became a Nurse on our Wellington Unit.
Cristina's dedication and knowledge was quickly recognised and it wasn't long before she was promoted to Unit Manager of our Bramley Unit, which is our designated dementia unit.
Cristina love's her job and the new challenges it brings every day. She works alongside a great team who are like a second family.
Hi, my name is Jude, and I am a Care Practitioner here at Cherry Blossom Manor.
My name is Ali & I joined Cherry Blossom Manor 8 months after the home opened. Previous to working, here I worked in the banking sector and, for 10 years, I also worked in domiciliary care. Both of my previous roles have given me a good insight into my current role.
I love working at Cherry Blossom Manor; I really enjoy meeting all the residents & spending time with them, every day is different.
My ‘working dog’, Bailey, comes to work with me every day; he has been keeping us all company since 2012. He brings happiness to all the residents, who love to treat him with biscuits.
I have been the Lifestyle Manager for Cherry Blossom manor Since October 2014. Before this I worked for the local authority for 12 years as part of a team for behaviour support and child protection.
I am a sociable person and, between my family and work, I can be found hanging out with friends or volunteering in local groups.
My role within the home involves promoting independence and well-being for residents, family and staff. This is done by meeting their mental, physical and social needs.
Tess has been with us at Cherry Blossom for over 4 years. She started her career with Barchester as a HCA and then diverted to our Admin team as Admin Asst. In her free time Tess enjoys nothing more than Socialising with family and friends. She has also been known to completely re-decorate a whole room while everyone else was at work.
Hi, my name is Stefan, and I am a Senior Nurse here at Cherry Blossom Manor.
Rupi Started working for Barchester Healthcare in 2016 as a Healthcare Assistant whilst training to be a Care practitioner. Once she qualified, Rupi transferred to our home to take up her new role, covering all of our units. Rupi is currently training to become a Nurse.
As Maintenance Manager it is my job to ensure the home looks as good as new. I make sure all en-suite rooms, communal areas and corridors are decorated to a high standard. No job is either too big or too small. I also ensure that all the gardens, along with the courtyard are colourful all year round for our residents and families to enjoy.
Hi, my name is Cristian and I am Maintenance Assistant here at Cherry Blossom.
Hi, my name is Phil, and I am the Second Chef here at Cherry Blossom Manor.
Lillian has joined the Housekeeping Team as Head of Department, overseeing Housekeeping and Laundry within the home. Since joining the team she has updated systems in place and has shuffled the team to allow them to work more efficiently.
Lillian has an open door policy and can often be found with residents and staff discussing anything and everything.
When not at work Lillian can be found with her grandchildren where she enjoys nothing more than getting them messy so they have dirty laundry to take home to mummy!
Hi, my name is Greg and I am a Laundry Assistant here at Cherry Blossom.
Hi, my name is Sarah and I am a Carer here at Cherry Blossom.
Hi, my name is Tracy, and I am a Care Assistant here at Cherry Blossom Manor.
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