Hannah’s in the mix
A WELL-KNOWN face from television and film was the centre of attention at an East Molesey care home. Hannah Gordon, whose credits include the 1970s’ period drama Upstairs Downstairs and 1980 film The Elephant Man, helped staff and residents at the Royal Cambridge Home, in Hurst Road, stir the Christmas pud. Armed with a large spoon and key ingredients, the actress set about the task with gusto and Maria Boxall, register manager at the home, was impressed. She said: “It was wonderful for all the ladies here. They enjoyed it so much. “There was one resident in particular who was so excited. She had seen all Hannah’s films.” The actress made time for everyone during her visit. “She talked to each resident,” said Mrs Boxall. “She was very pleasant.” Once stirred, the pudding made its way to the kitchen, where the chef applies the finishing touches. “I’ve got no idea when it will be ready, although the residents and staff will definitely be eating it on Christmas Day,” said Mrs Boxall. “And we will continue with this very Christmas tradition for as long as we can.” The Royal Cambridge was founded in 1851 by the first Duke of Cambridge. It was originally meant to provide residential care for the widows of soldiers, although the criteria has changed slightly over the years. Now the home accepts women who have served in the Armed Forces and former nurses, and gives respite day care for men.
Hannah Gordon with Robert Dowler
and resident Patricia Ventry.