Care UK has marked the opening of its new multi-million pound care home, Sherwood Grange in Kingston Vale, with a donation to a local church.
The new three-storey care home on Robin Hood Lane officially opened on Monday 23 June, and to commemorate this milestone two bird tables have been donated to St John the Baptist Church, located next door.
The bird tables have been placed in the church gardens and will be used by all church goers, as well as local nurseries and schools which visit the church.
Sherwood Grange will provide full time residential care, specialist dementia care and short term respite care for older people in Kingston Vale and beyond, and features 59-ensuite bedrooms, its own cinema, hairdressing salon and café.
Home manager Rick said: “What better way to mark the opening of Sherwood Grange than by showing our support for a neighbour. St John the Baptist Church is a pillar of the local community, and we hope visitors to the garden enjoy viewing the birds that make use of it.
“We are so pleased residents of Sherwood Grange have been invited to use the church garden also. Connecting with outdoor spaces and taking the time to observe birds and wildlife can be extremely beneficial for residents, particularly for those who are living with dementia.
“Sitting and watching the birds come and go quickly becomes an enjoyable shared interest for residents which can help combat any feelings of isolation, while practical tasks such as helping to clean and fill bird feeders can also be very fulfilling.”
Reverend Mandy Beck of St John the Baptist Church said: “We are delighted to accept the kind donation of the bird tables from the Care UK team at Sherwood Grange. They make a wonderful addition to our garden and we encourage all to take come and enjoy some bird watching this summer!”