Local schoolchildren and a special VIP guest dropped into a Sanctuary Care home in Harrow for an official ribbon cutting reception.
To mark the opening of two newly refurbished care suites, which will open to new residents in the coming weeks, residents and the team at Rowanweald Residential and Nursing Home in Weald Lane were joined by The Worshipful The Mayor, Cllr Krishna Suresh and local schoolchildren from St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School to celebrate the special occasion.
Marking the new chapter in style, the opening reception – which included a buffet and toe-tapping music and dancing from Tim Franklin – started with the official ribbon cutting by Cllr Krishna Suresh.
The Sanctuary Care home’s manager Noreen Adedeji said: “We were absolutely delighted to have the Lord Mayor of Harrow carry out the official ribbon cutting – it kick-started the celebrations off perfectly.”
Special names for new suites
The two new suites, which will provide residential dementia and nursing care, were also officially named following a competition which was open to the school and the team and residents in the home – entries could either link with Harrow’s local heritage or mean something special to the home’s residents.
Winning the competition with the name ‘Oak Suite’ Thalia Jordan, pupil from St Teresa’s said: “I named it Oak Suite because oak is a symbol of wisdom and good health. I think it’s a good name because the people who will live there will be full of wisdom and I also think that they will deserve good health and wellbeing.”
The second suite was named by the home’s receptionist Julie Beckett, who named it ‘Magnolia Suite’ after the beautiful magnolia tree which is situated in the home’s courtyard, which many of the new rooms overlook.
Manager Noreen added: “Everyone was so pleased children from St Teresa’s joined us and helped us name one of our suites, we wanted to link with the local community and this was a great way to do so, the name ‘Oak Suite’ is beautiful with a lovely meaning.”
Commenting on the opening reception, resident Mary Woolcott, who is 88 years old, said: “I had a really enjoyable time – the food and entertainment was great and the new suites looking lovely.”
Noreen concluded: “The opening was a morning full of music and dancing, exactly how we planned and how we hope to continue activities and celebrations in the suites in the future.”