Residents at the Elizabeth Finn Rashwood care home in Droitwich were treated to a royal visit from Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Gloucester, Patron of Elizabeth Finn Care. The Duchess of Gloucester was given a tour of the award winning care home which has provided residential and nursing care in a luxurious setting to residents for over sixty years.
Rashwood’s General Manager Helen Grice commented, “It was such a pleasure to show Her Royal Highness around Rashwood and for her to join us for afternoon tea. Rashwood has a wonderful history and our residents were delighted to be able to show The Duchess Of Gloucester around. It really was such a special afternoon and one which our residents will certainly remember for a long time.”
Resident Nora Aird aged 84 commented, “She was very friendly and really interested in hearing about all of the different activities that we get to do here at Rashwood. I’ve never met a member of the Royal Family before and so it was a very memorable day for me. “
Her Royal Highness, who lives in Kensington Palace where William and Kate are expecting their second child, commented: “I was reading only this morning in the newspaper that just 30 minutes of walking every day can make such a difference to your health. Looking around the beautiful grounds here I can see that there are plenty of opportunities to do that,” before joking, “there are also some lovely grounds where I live and will endeavour to do the same!”
Built in 1906, the house formerly known as Rashwood Lodge was donated to the charity ‘Distressed Gentlefolks Aid Association’ after the Second World War. Now known as Elizabeth Finn Care in memory of its Victorian founder, the Charity owns nine care homes across the United Kingdom, which run the on behalf of the Charity by Elizabeth Finn Homes Limited.
Images provided by Piero Belmonte