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To mark the 10 year anniversary of Cherry Garth, the care team scheduled a day of celebration for residents and colleagues who partied in style!

The day included entertainment from singer Mick Emblow, a sumptuous buffet, singing, dancing and a special speech from the home’s longest serving volunteer of 40 years, 80 year old Margaret James.

Margaret made a speech at the event and talked about her time volunteering at Cherry Garth: “I was looking for something useful and interesting to do and I was accepted to join the merry band of about eight at the time. It was incredibly rewarding and I have wonderful memories of that time.”

After the speech, Margaret was presented with a beautiful bunch of flowers and the residents were given their own friendship flowers to celebrate the occasion. 

During the event, residents were on their feet enjoying classic tunes from Elvis Presley and Cliff Richard. Photographs were displayed of Cherry Garth’s history including the reconstruction of the home in 2011. One of the homes residents, Jean Atkins, used to work at the home and was also a member of the staff square-dancing team many years before the home was refurbished and reopened. 

Activity Coordinator Diane Woolford commented: “This time 10 years ago, Fern Britton reopened the home after it was refurbished. One of the residents who used to live at the home took all of these photographs and we decided to display them to celebrate our anniversary and as a reminder of what the old Cherry Garth looked like.”