Ritson Lodge opened by three local heroes

Ritson Lodge, a brand new 60-bed care home in Hopton, was opened by three local heroes with guests, healthcare professionals and soon to be residents in attendance for a Champagne reception.Earlier this year, the team at Ritson Lodge asked individuals and organisations to nominate pillars of the local community. The response was fantastic and the home picked three heroes that display high levels of commitment to fundraising and support of local-based projects.Each hero had their own ceremonial role on the day. Ronald Firth a World War II veteran who was a desert rat in Egypt opened the home, Pauline Askew President of the Women’s Institute in Hopton cut the celebratory cake and Brian Hardisty Chairman of the Hopton Coastal Action group and part of the local youth group planted a tree to commemorate the opening of the Memory Lane Community for individuals living with dementia.Ritson Lodge was named after Reverend Ritson, a local man that gave bread to those less fortunate in the area. This is something that resonates with the home’s ethos as it is through supporting each other and coming together as a community, wonderful moments are carved out to be remembered in times to come.Sue Hill, General Manager at Ritson Lodge, said: “I am thrilled at how the Hopton Village community has embraced us and hope that Ritson Lodge will play a pivotal role in community life. We have no time to rest on our laurels as just over the horizon is the first ever National Care Home Open Day. Why not come along and join in the fun with us on 21 June from 2pm as we will have traditional cream teas, entertainment and much, much more.”