Football legend Bobby Hunt becomes care home ambassador

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A residential, nursing and dementia care home is celebrating after welcoming local Colchester United legend Bobby Hunt as its first community ambassador.

Based near the Army Garrison in Colchester, Essex, Foxburrow Grange provides residential, nursing and dementia services to 69 people with a range of care needs including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, general and specialist nursing, and end of life care.

Foxburrow Grange is part of Outlook Care, a not for profit health and social care provider which has been operating for over 25 years.

The home put on a sumptuous afternoon tea on Tuesday 27 November to welcome Bobby and his wife, Sylvia, who have both been regular visitors to the home since their first visit in April with the Colchester United youth team. Bobby used to play for Colchester United and is a footballing legend in the local community. Bobby lives with dementia and had visited the home in April to give a talk to staff and residents. He and his wife really enjoyed themselves and attended many activities and events in the months that followed.

Bobby and Sylvia received a VIP invitation to Foxburrow Grange so that Senior Managers and Foxburrow Grange staff could express their thanks and gratitude for all the time that Bobby has given the home since his own diagnosis.
Bobby hopes to raise the profile of dementia services within the local community.

Outlook Care’s Chair, Steve Marsh, presented Bobby with an award and talked about his ongoing commitment, to which Bobby described as reciprocal, as he too benefits from attending events and activities at the home, receiving practical support from the staff to him and his wife on learning about the impacts of Dementia.

Steve said:
‘It was really good to recognise the tremendous support Bobby Hunt and his wife Sylvia continue to give to Foxburrow by presenting him with a plaque and appointing him as our first Community Ambassador. We also had other special guests, namely previous Chairs of Outlook Care, Albert Rowley and David Thomas. I was able to acknowledge the vision and courage they displayed in planning and developing the wonderful building we have now. All 3 Chairs, (Albert, David and I) represent 30 years of the organisation.’
Foxburrow Grange are keen to promote this commitment far and wide, as so often, families just try to ‘cope’ with the impact of dementia before they look for help and support.

Being part of the community is really important to Foxburrow Grange and they encourage anyone living with dementia at home, their carers and anyone else in the community who wants to take part in our activities to get in touch. It can be quite scary for all of the family when a loved one receives a diagnosis and Foxburrow Grange are keen to help people long before they are thinking of a nursing home.
Bobby is very excited to be ambassador and will be promoting all the good work Foxburrow Grange does to help people in the community as well as those living at the home.

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