There were plenty of tears and smiles when a team leader said goodbye to the Sanctuary Care home she has worked in for the last 11 years – at the age of 80.
Originally a domestic assistant before progressing to team leader, Audrey Sinclair has hung up her uniform for the last time at the tender age of 80 after starting work at Orchard House Residential Care Home in Sawston, Cambridgeshire on 24 May 2004.
Over a decade of service
After over a decade of loyal service her friends, colleagues and the home’s residents toasted a fond farewell with a glass of bubbly.
Audrey said: “I had such a lovely send off, thank you to all the team and residents for making my retirement party such a special one.”
A caring member of the team
The Sanctuary Care home’s manager Felicity Bucknall-Hart added: “Audrey is so warm to our residents, she just has this calming way about her and feels real empathy – she is very caring.
“Nothing is ever too much trouble for her and she is always seen with a great big smile on her face.”
100-year-old resident Winifred Piggott, who has a very special bond with Audrey added: “Audrey has always been a kind and considerate lady to me.”
Regular visits to friends
Not wanting to completely let go of her close relationship with the High Street-based home, Audrey will still be popping into visit the team and residents at least once a week.
Audrey said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Orchard House and I will be sad to spend less time with the residents and the team, but am pleased I will be coming in once a week – I would miss everyone too much if I didn’t come back at all as many are now my dear friends.”
Plans for a well-deserved retirement
In her retirement, Audrey will no doubt be spending a lot more time with husband Tom, as well as enjoying her garden and of course her grandchildren and great grandchild.
Audrey continued: “I will be spending my retirement with my husband, starting with celebrating our 59th wedding anniversary this month by going out for a lovely meal.”