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:

Gigi Despojo

Gigi Despojo

General Manager

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.

Luca La Porta

Deputy Manager

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.

Veronica Bovill

Veronica Bovill

Night Manager

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.

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Cristina Doroban

Head of Memory Lane

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. 

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Jude Townsend

Care Practitioner

Hi, my name is Jude, and I am a Care Practitioner here at Cherry Blossom Manor.

Ali Mather

Administrator

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.

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Tess Grossmith

Tess Grossmith

Admin Assistant

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.

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Angela MacQuillin

Angela MacQuillin

Lifestyle Manager

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.

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Stefan Cora

Senior Nurse

Hi, my name is Stefan, and I am a Senior Nurse here at Cherry Blossom Manor.

Martha Baluma

Nurse

Hi, my name is Martha, and I am a Nurse here at Cherry Blossom Manor.

Guang Zhan

Nurse

Hi, my name is Guang, and I am a Nurse here at Cherry Blossom Manor.

Bogdan Opar

Maintenance Manager

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.

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Angel

Head Chef

Hi, my name is Angel, and I am the Head Chef here at Cherry Blossom Manor.

Rupi Kaur

Care Practitioner

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. 

Cristian Simion

Maintenance Assistant

Hi, my name is Cristian and I am Maintenance Assistant here at Cherry Blossom.

Phil Cooks

Second Chef

Hi, my name is Phil, and I am the Second Chef here at Cherry Blossom Manor.

Lillian Wood

Head Housekeeper

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!

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Greg Cruz

Laundry Assistant

Hi, my name is Greg and I am a Laundry Assistant here at Cherry Blossom. 

Sarah Vickers

Carer

Hi, my name is Sarah and I am a Carer here at Cherry Blossom. 

Tracy Carter

Care Assistant

Hi, my name is Tracy, and I am a Care Assistant here at Cherry Blossom Manor.

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Life at our homes booklet

Read our brochure ‘Life in our home. Providing care through coronavirus’ for more information on how we’re here to help you and your loved one.

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Food & Nutrition

Food and nutrition

We offer a constantly evolving menu that caters to the tastes and dietary requirements of those we support.

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Activities & Events

Activities

Our activities programme is planned with individual tastes in mind, and residents always have the opportunity to try new and exciting things.

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Care & Facilities

Care and facilities

Our facilities are designed to the highest standards and the care we provide is delivered by passionate and highly-trained professionals.

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What happens now?

Are you ready to discuss your individual care requirements? Pick up the phone and talk to us, book a visit to our care home or come and take a look around our facilities.

Care enquiries

New care enquiry phone lines are open 8am-8pm

01256 441 575

All other calls

01256 886 436

Our fees and contract

We want to be as transparent as possible about how we charge for the different services we provide as well as what’s included in our contract. Please click the links below to find out more about our fees and contract.

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