Han­nah’s in the mix

Surrey Herald/News - - COMMUNITY -

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.

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Han­nah Gor­don with Robert Dowler

and res­i­dent Pa­tri­cia Ven­try.

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