After 25 years of dedicated service at Abbey Grange Care & Nursing Home, Deputy Manager Christine Wall was honoured with a surprise retirement party. Christine was greeted by her colleagues and family members of past residents she had supported over the years. They presented her with lots of lovely keepsake gifts and celebrated her time at the home with cake and music.
Christine shared some of her favourite memories from her time at Abbey Grange Care & Nursing Home. “I must say that looking after every resident and making sure they are happy and comfortable has always been my priority. It’s always been about comfort in my eyes. I have worked on every floor and enjoyed every second. I have been a nurse, a unit manager, and then a deputy manager. I feel like I’m very much a part of the furniture here at Abbey Grange Care Home and I will miss it very much,” she said.
Many people expressed their appreciation and admiration for Christine. Jean Hobson, the daughter of past resident Irene Mosforth, said: “Christine cared for my mum and was wonderful. I will never forget her. We have also brought Paddy the dog with us today who visited Abbey Grange a lot during my mum’s time here and doubled as pet therapy upon our visits. He’s in his element today.” Nurse Laura said: “Christine has been a great mentor and a great friend who I will sadly miss working alongside. But I wish her all the best in her retirement.” Home Administrator Angela Sills said: “I’ve worked with Christine for many years. She is very much a part of the Abbey Grange Care & Nursing Home family. I wish I could bottle up her contagious laugh and always keep it with me.”
Christine was overwhelmed by the love and attention she received at the party. She said: “I’m not one to enjoy fuss but I have loved the effort everyone has gone to, to make me feel special at this party. In my retirement, I have no plans as such, but I am looking forward to settling down and taking it easy.”
Home Manager Kerry Peach concluded by saying: “I just want to wish our Christine all the best in her retirement and just know that our door is always open should you wish to visit or have a brew and catch up anytime.”