Residents and staff were joined by relatives, two representatives from the local police force, John North (Deputy Mayor of Wells), Len Swales (Wells Town Crier) and special guest, Hilary Doxford. Hilary lives with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and was diagnosed at the age of 53. Hilary, who is a member of the World Dementia Council and an Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador, was delighted to be a part of the opening ceremony.
Chris Davies, Chairman of the Somerset Care Group, started the celebrations by thanking everyone for attending, in particular three local businesses; Tincknells, B&J’s Haulage and Mendip Shooting Ground, who have all supported the Wells care home.
Before the official tape was cut, Len Swales, Wells Town Crier made an official announcement while ringing his bell to gather excitement for everyone present. Hilary Doxford then cut the tape to the Avalon Suite and declared the new dementia wing officially open.
Everyone in attendance was given a drink to toast the occasion, before tucking into a delicious buffet, which put on by Fletcher House’s cook and kitchen team.
The new suite was named by Kirsty White, Supervisor at Fletcher House, who has a keen interest in history and was delighted to research appropriate names. To thank her, Bill presented Kirsty with a bouquet of flowers and a tipple of her choice.
Speaking on the event, Manager, Bill McClelland, said: “It has been a really lovely occasion and I would like to thank everyone involved. January has been a fantastic month for us all at Fletcher House, starting with our positive CQC inspection and now the opening of the Avalon Suite. If anyone is interested in coming to look around please get in touch.”