Bloom­ing fab­u­lous at care home

Ev­ery­thing’s been com­ing up roses for the win­ners of an ‘In Bloom’ com­pe­ti­tion, ex­plains Stephen Pullinger, head of pub­lic re­la­tions for Kings­ley Health­care.

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Staff and res­i­dents at Ever­s­ley Nurs­ing Home, in North Denes Road, Great Yar­mouth, are cel­e­brat­ing suc­cess in Kings­ley Health­care’s Kings­ley in Bloom con­test.

Com­pet­ing against Kings­ley’s 28 other homes across the coun­try, the home clinched the run­ner-up prize be­hind Colne House care home, near Hal­stead, in Es­sex.

Daya and Sumi Thayan, co­founders of the Low­est­oft-based com­pany, and op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor Deb­bie Mc­Gov­ern judged the win­ner and run­ner-up from a short­list drawn up by op­er­a­tions man­agers.

At Ever­s­ley, staff and res­i­dents de­vised a dis­play with hang­ing bas­kets and gar­den pots, which in­cluded veg­eta­bles and herbs as well as colour­ful flow­ers.

Home man­ager Ewa Ku­jawa says: “Every­one was so ex­cited when they learned of our suc­cess.”

She adds that all the staff had been in­volved in plant­ing and weed­ing, and res­i­dents played an im­por­tant part too.

“One of our res­i­dents, Su­san Snow­don, do­nated her own plant pots for the dis­play and she was so happy with the re­sults,” she says.

Ewa says the home’s cook, Julie Cop­ping, had al­ready har­vested the first crop of cu­cum­bers from their dis­play. She would be con­sult­ing staff about how best to spend their £100 prize on fur­ther en­hanc­ing the gar­den.

“We will be look­ing to buy plants that can be dug up and re­planted when we de­velop the gar­den of our new, en­larged home,” she says.

Ever­s­ley is shortly to un­dergo a £ 5m re-de­vel­op­ment, which will see an ex­ten­sion built on the neigh­bour­ing site of a dis­used ho­tel; res­i­dents will then move into this while the present home is com­pletely re­built.

Homes were asked to cre­ate their dis­plays on a num­ber of themes, in­clud­ing ‘Pots, pans and wa­ter­ing cans’, ‘All things ed­i­ble,’ ‘Best flow­er­ing bed,’ and ‘See, feel and smell’.

Deb­bie says: “Staff and res­i­dents at all our homes made a tremen­dous ef­fort for our first In Bloom com­pe­ti­tion.

“Judg­ing was re­ally dif­fi­cult and all our homes de­serve a lot of credit.”

Brooke House, in Brooke, near Nor­wich, fin­ished in third place, a bug ho­tel be­ing one of the fea­tures of their dis­play.

Ewa Ku­jawa (cen­tre) with main­te­nance man Karl Thomp­son and cook Julie Cop­ping.

Bugs are wel­come at the bug ho­tel at Brooke House!

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