Sunday, 24 June 2018

Duke returns to care home after nine years

THE Duke of Kent visited Watlington and district care home nearly nine years after he officially opened it.

THE Duke of Kent visited Watlington and district care home nearly nine years after he officially opened it.

His Royal Highness, who is patron of the Watlington hospital charitable trust, visited the Hill Road home in the company of Tim Stevenson, the Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire.

He was given a tour of the building and the gardens and met the staff, volunteers and residents. Resident Leona Hughes, 100, said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the Duke’s visit — it was a great honour to be able to talk to him.

“He was a very pleasant man. He asked if I liked it here and I said I was extremely happy and receive such excellent care and attention that even the Queen would be happy to live here.” The home, which provides dementia, nursing and intermediate care for 60 residents, was made possible thanks to the trustees who raised the money to buy the land where the former Watlington and District Hospital stood before it closed in 2000.

Sanctuary Group leased the land and built the home, which was opened in July 2004.

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