A member of staff at a Needham Market care home is retiring after devoting almost 30 years to looking after elderly people. Cynthia Essom, has worked at Uvedale Hall Residential Home since October 1988, and is retiring in her 29th year.
Affectionately known as ‘the Queen of Uvedale’, Cynthia has been a central part of life at the home and has been keenly involved in all of the activities and events held at the home over the years.
She once dressed up as the Queen for an event and was photographed descending the staircase, which earned her the royal nickname.
Cynthia or ‘Cynth’ joined the home as a sleep-in care assistant and started what would become a career of putting others first and looking after those in her care. The whole of Cynthia’s family have played their part in life at Uvedale, and have all supported her throughout her career. Many have also been members of staff at the home, with her daughter being deputy manager in the late 1990s, her grandsons working as kitchen assistants and her late husband helping out whenever needed by making costumes for events and decorating cakes.
When Cynthia sadly lost her husband Ken, Uvedale also gained Domino the dog as a much-loved family member, who has been adored and pampered by residents and staff ever since.
A retirement party was held on Thursday 12th January, with residents, family members and staff members joining together to say goodbye to Cynthia.
Home Manager Jon Hammond said, “Cynthia has been the life and soul of Uvedale for the last 28 plus years and is irreplaceable. We will miss her dearly but there is no one more deserving of a long and happy retirement.
“Everyone at Uvedale would like to pass on their sincere thanks for her hard work and dedication over the years and would like to wish her all the best for a relaxing future.”
Part of the Healthcare Homes Group, Uvedale Hall is based in Needham Market.