Pub and shop is grate­ful Doris’s care home legacy

Macclesfield Express - - HEART OF THE COMMUNITY - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

ACARE home has built an en­tire ‘vil­lage’ to help res­i­dents main­tain their in­de­pen­dence thanks to a gen­er­ous do­na­tion.

Three sum­mer houses at Hollins Park Care Home on Vic­to­ria Road have been con­verted into a pub, cafe and shop thanks to Doris Mars­den, who left some money to the home in her will.

Doris’s son Alan, who had Down’s Syn­drome, was cared for at the home for many years.

Doris, who lived in Wilm­slow with her hus­band Chris, was so happy with the care he re­ceived she de­cided to leave a legacy to the home, which in turn was spent on the new vil­lage.

Julie Lee, who is mar­ried to Doris’s nephew Ste­wart Lee, was in­vited to the open­ing cer­e­mony of the new vil­lage.

She said Doris was quiet but would have had a ‘sparkly glint in her eye’ at the sight of the vil­lage.

She said: “Doris would have been ab­so­lutely made up with what the have done. It’s ab­so­lutely mar­vel­lous.

“They showed us around and we had a look at every­thing they have done, it’s won­der­ful.”

She added: “Doris was so happy with the way they cared for Alan. She was nearly blind and had to get two buses to visit him and they were al­ways so wel­com­ing to her.

“She was very con­tent know­ing he was well cared for.”

Julie, who at­tended the event with her daugh­ter Alexan­dra, also spot­ted a cab­i­net in the newly opened ‘Doris’s Cafe’ which she be­lieves may have even be­longed to Doris.

She said: “I no­ticed cab­i­net in Doris’s cafe and I think it may have been one that we do­nated to a charity shop in Wilm­slow.

“If it’s not the same one it’s very sim­i­lar. I’m 95 per cent cer­tain it was hers. It’s very spooky – it gave me shiv­ers down my spine when I saw it.”

The cel­e­bra­tions at Hollins Park co­in­cided with Care Home Open Day where vis­i­tors en­joyed a bar­be­cue and live en­ter­tain­ment. Mayor of Mac­cles­field Alift Hare­woodJones cut the rib­bon at the open­ing cer­e­mony.

Julie Okhae, home man­ager at Hollins Park, said: “We are very grate­ful to our bene­fac­tor for such a gen­er­ous do­na­tion to the care home.

“We were de­lighted to use the funds to cre­ate a new out­door area which will play an im­por­tant part in sup­port­ing res­i­dents at Hollins Park to lead in­de­pen­dent, ful­filled lives; and it is hoped many will play an ac­tive role in run­ning the out­lets some­time in the fu­ture.”

Pic­tures: Matt Rat­cliffe

●● An open day was also the of­fi­cial open­ing of a new ‘vil­lage’ com­pris­ing a shop, cafe and pub at Hollins Park Care Home

●● Friends and rel­a­tives of Doris Mars­den with care home man­ager Julie Okhae, Mac­cles­field mayor Coun Alift Hare­wood-Jones, her hus­band and con­sort Peter Jones, and Ge­off Ed­wards, re­gional director for Care UK

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