After six months in lockdown, it was a celebration tinged with more than emotion than usual.
Broomgrove Care Home residents lined up to say goodbye to four young care home staff that have landed places at university.
The employees – that have cared for residents throughout lockdown – are all pursuing further education within the healthcare industry.
Their send-off, which was scaled down because of COVID, was no less emotional with residents presenting cards, gifts and messages of goodwill for their future.
The four leavers were Lucy Greetham who’s going on to study nursing at Sheffield Hallam University; Charlotte Widlake who’s studying nursing at Sheffield Hallam University; Sam Livingstone who’s studying nursing at the University of Sheffield and Rehna Naqvi who’s studying midwifery at Edge Hill University.
Donna Pierpoint, the manager at Broomgrove Care Home, said: “If anything this year’s sendoff was all the more emotional as closer bonds have been formed because of lockdown. But residents are so keen for the young people to do well in their careers and were very determined to give them a good send-off. It was a lovely event.”
Many of the students won’t be leaving altogether – some will continue to work at Broomgrove Nursing Home and do ‘bank’ shifts in between their studies.
Broomgrove, which is sited just off Ecclesall Road in Sheffield, is the only home of its kind with charitable status in the city and surrounding region.