99 year old Marjorie Fern, is the first resident to move into the state of the art residential and dementia care home, Littleton Lodge, and was welcomed with champagne on arrival followed by a surprise ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the occasion.
Marjorie was born and raised in Wolverhampton. Growing up she attended St. Peters school High School in Wolverhampton before leaving to work at a local cinema. Marjorie recalls live during wartime and has many memories assisting in the war effort making bomb cases.
Marjorie married her husband Harry in 1946 before settling down to start a family. Marjorie has two daughters Linda and Judith and has since been blessed with five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
In recent years Marjorie has needed a little more help to do the things she enjoys and eventually decided to look into care options. Marjorie said, ‘Littleton Lodge is very impressive, from the moment I looked at the pictures I knew I wanted to move in – it is very more like a hotel! The ribbon cutting ceremony was so unexpected and made me feel very special, the care team all cheered as the ribbon hit the floor and threw confetti in the air, we all had a really good giggle together and I even got a glass of fizz as I walked in!
When I retired, it was my goal to stay social and active, so I took up dance lessons at a local town hall, it has been difficult over the last year not being able to go to my lessons or see my friends, so I am very much looking forward to joining in with all the daily activities and making new friends as more people move in!’.
Once settled into her new home, Marjorie can begin to enjoy all the luxury facilities on offer at Littleton Lodge, which has benefitted from a £12 million investment, including a luxurious Sky Bar with far-reaching views, a vintage tearoom complete with balcony area and a plush cinema room, on-site beauty parlour and relaxing botanical rooms leading into spacious landscaped gardens.
Last month, the Littleton Lodge care team held its open day where local people were able to get their first glimpse of the luxurious care home which had been under construction for nearly a year. Throughout the day, nearly 100 local people visited the home, adhering to current government guidelines, including many former miners who were interested in the homes interesting heritage as it sits on the former Littleton Colliery site which closed in 1993.
Marjorie is set to celebrate her milestone 100th birthday in later this year and the team are already planning a very special birthday party to help her celebrate in style!
Home Manager, Rachel Ellis, said, ‘I am so happy to be able to open our doors to our home and it is a privilege to welcome Marjorie. It was important for everyone in our team to make sure that Marjorie received a very warm welcome and felt settled in right away, and I think our small ribbon cutting ceremony really set the tone for how our team approach person centred care. I look forward to welcoming more new residents over the next month and creating lots of memories with our Littleton Lodge family!’.
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