Meet the 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.
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.
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 am responsible for the day to day administration for the smooth running of the home. I enjoy meeting the residents and their families and developing these relationships. I thoroughly enjoy working within the care home environment and find it most rewarding. I enjoy eating out and try and balance that with my regular Zumba classes.
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.
Lydie joined Cherry Blossom as a care assistant, after relocating to England from France. Lydie is currently covering maternity leave for one of our lifestyle team.
Hi, my name is Stefan, and I am a Senior Nurse here at Cherry Blossom Manor.
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.
James has brought a lot of experience with him to Cherry Blossom Manor, and regularly grows his ingredients on our own allotments. James found his passion for cooking when he did it with his nan growing up. Once completing college, James went on to work in pubs and care homes, which enabled him to share his love for good, wholesome food.
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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