Watlington & District Nursing Home opened its doors on 23 July 2004 and to mark its birthday on Friday (26 September) the residents and their loved ones, the team and trustees of Watlington Hospital Charitable Trust (WHCT) came together to raise a toast to the last decade.
The home, which provides dementia, nursing and intermediate care for 60 residents, stands on the site of the former Watlington and District Hospital.
Its creation was made possible thanks to a fundraising appeal by the original trustees of the WHCT, which raised almost £2 million in 2000. This enabled the site to be transformed into a beautiful, purpose built care home, which was opened by His Royal Highness, The Duke of Kent in 2004.
Watlington and its team are well known for providing intermediate care, enabling people to leave hospital following operations or illness and build up their strength and confidence, before returning home and regaining their independence.
On Friday there were delicious canapés and champagne for all to enjoy, along with live music entertainment from Janet Morgan and Tristan Pate.
The event also celebrated the grand opening of the home’s stunning new orangery, which will provide a delightful setting for residents to spend time overlooking the home’s gardens.
Resident 82-year-old Pauline Willett, who has been a resident since day one, officially declared the orangery open by cutting a ribbon.
Julie Cooper, who has managed the Hill Road home since 2008 and has worked there for 10 years, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have celebrated such a marvellous milestone. Our home has gone from strength-to-strength over the past decade and it’s been an honour to provide such high quality care to our residents.
“It was very fitting that Pauline, who is one of three residents, and 20 members of the team who have been with us since we started, opened our orangery after months of hard work to get it ready.”
Trustee Sir Christopher Paine said: “It’s been 10 years of good fortune having Sanctuary Care manage Watlington. In the last 10 years since the home opened the team have been providing wonderful care and Julie Cooper has ben the most marvellous leader.”