Enfield care home celebrates its 40th anniversary

4 October 2016

Volunteers receiving their certificatesArnold House, a care home in Enfield, hosted a range of festivities at the weekend to celebrate four decades of providing care in the area.

The service first opened its doors in 1976 and was also the very first Leonard Cheshire Disability UK service to be visited by Her Majesty the Queen after she became the charity’s patron.

The service has since grown to care for up to 23 residents, and is currently occupied by 21 disabled people.

The community came out in force for the anniversary party to show their love for the home, and local singer Dennis Lewin performed for the people who live there.

The Leonard Cheshire Disability care home also held an auction and activities coordinator Karina Pickles ran a raffle.

The home also threw a volunteer thank you ceremony and had cake stalls, a tombola, and arts and crafts on offer. 

Paul Wharton, Pauline Cullen, Ethel Reilly and Billy Over — four very committed volunteers — were honoured for all their hard work at the service with a certificate at the awards ceremony.

The leading disability charity also used the occasion to mark the completion of refurbishment works at the home and offered a tour to visitors.

Arnold House now has a new wet room facility, a patio extension, a bungalow refurbishment, new flooring and new decoration throughout the home to improve the lives of the people who use the service. 

A resident and service manager Nooranah at Arnold HouseNooranah Islam, service manager, said:

‘It was a pleasure to host the 40th anniversary of Arnold House on Saturday. It was an absolute delight to welcome previous staff and family members of people who lived at Arnold House.

‘We received so many compliments on the work we do and how the people who use our service are empowered. We took the opportunity to say thank you to our volunteers, whose contribution is vital in every aspect of our work.’

One of the service’s volunteers, Ray Gershman, said: 

‘I would like to say how impressed I was at the anniversary. I think the staff were amazing and kind. Love was everywhere and the people who live here were able to fully appreciate the event. Leonard Cheshire would be so proud that his memory lives on.’

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