Local Chester resident, Natalie Harrison, has taken part in her first ever half-marathon to raise money for Florence Grogan care home, on Shelley Road, where staff provide specialist dementia care for her mother, Sheila Danby (76).
Natalie completed the Chester Half Marathon in 2 hours 21 minutes, raising nearly £400 for the CLS-run home, in recognition of the excellent care that its staff provide. She commented: “I wanted to thank everyone at Florence Grogan as they work so hard – literally around the clock – to care for my mum and the other residents. They do a truly great job!”
As well as providing general residential care, Florence Grogan House offers a specialist dementia care service, pioneered by CLS. This is designed to support the specific physical and emotional needs of people living with dementia, and to enable them to remain active and independent for as long as possible.
Natalie added: “My mum struggles to talk so communication is an issue for her, however the staff are extremely patient and caring, which makes all the difference. Most importantly, they take the time to just chat and share a joke with her, which she loves – she’s always had a great sense of humour!”
The money Natalie has raised will go towards the residents’ comfort fund, which is spent on a variety of entertainments and activities for the residents to enjoy. Joy White, Home Manager at Florence Grogan House, said: “Natalie’s achievement is truly marvellous and we are delighted that she feels so passionately about the care we provide. All of the staff and residents say a big thank you back to her!”