Care home staff and guests were delighted when three local heroes officially opened Burton Waters’ newest care facility, Tennyson WharfCare Home, by planting a memorial tree in the home’s garden on 22nd April.
Fundraising champion Frank Connell and inspirational couple Marion and Edward Hoopergreeted residents and guests before planting the tree. Councillor Malcolm Parish, Chair of the West Lindsey District Council, also attended the opening to reveal the commemorative plaque.
The opening of Barchester Healthcare’s Tennyson Wharf was also attended by Councillor Irmgard Parrott who joined Cllr Malcolm Parish, Frank Connell and other guests on a boat kindly provided by Marina Boat Sales Ltd. They travelled by boat into the beautiful marina, which the new care home overlooks.
As they arrived at the home, guests were treated to a performance by the Lincoln Male Voice Choir and offered delicious snacks and refreshments by the home’s skilled hospitality team.
Debra Owen, General Manager at Tennyson Wharf and Barchester’s Chairman John Coleman gave speeches, after which Councillor Parish unveiled the commemorative plaque.
Frank Connell was nominated to be a local hero at the event due to his long-term dedication to supporting local charities, such as those helping the homeless, as well as individuals and families in need.
Mr and Mrs Hooper were nominated for their work with local groups and organisations to raise dementia awareness. Edward Hooper, who is living with Alzheimer’s disease, and Marion, his wife and carer, were commended for offering strength and support to others in similar situations.
Marion Hooper said: “The day was brilliant and I know the team worked really hard to make it a success. All the staff were very friendly and went out of their way to be helpful. They catered for all different dietary requirements, which is important for us, and the canapés they served were to die for! The home is so nicely done. It’s not like a 5 star hotel, it’s more like a 7 star hotel!”
Tennyson Wharf opened its doors to residents in February 2015. The 60-bed home provides quality care to the local area and offersnursing, residential and respite care, as well as specialist dementia care in their Memory Lane Community.
Debra Owen,General Manager at Tennyson Wharf said: “We are all very excited about the opening of Tennyson Wharf and the residents and staff have really enjoyed meeting the local heroes! The new facilities provide high quality care for 60 individuals, which is a huge boost to the local community’s care. There’s a lot of interest in this new home and the superb quality of care that we offer in a modern, purpose-built setting.”