Suffolk communities help name new care homes

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Communities across Suffolk have had their thinking caps on to help name the new care homes that are part of Care UK’s £60 million investment plan in partnership with Suffolk County Council. Care UK colleagues, care home residents and relatives, and local members of the public have summoned creativity and inspiration to name five Suffolk care home developments so far.

Sylvia Pearce, a resident at Place Court care home in Haverhill, and her daughter Barbara De Vita, are the recent winners of the competition to name the new development to be built in Haverhill. Together they came up with ‘Cleeves Place’ by joining the name Place Court with Anne of Cleeves who was given a house in Haverhill on her marriage to Henry VIII. The originality of the name and its historical link with the town were reasons why ‘Cleeves Place’ was chosen and approved as the winning name.

On hearing ‘Cleeves Place’ had been chosen, Sylvia Pearce said: “My daughter and I are delighted as we like the name very much and it is lovely to know that, as the new care home grows in the community, we have been a part of it.”

People in Ipswich have also been busy suggesting names for the new care home to be built at Alnesbourn Crescent in the Ravenswood area. The three finalists, who were each presented with a prize of a £100 Love2Shop voucher, were local resident Mavis Palmer who nominated ‘Prince George’s Court’ in celebration of the recent birth of the royal baby; Crabbe Street care home colleague Catherine Baker who nominated ‘Ravenswood Retreat’; and a relative of a Crabbe Street care home resident who nominated ‘Cardinal House’ and donated their £100 prize to be shared among all residents at the home.

Care UK regional operations director Chris Hopkinson, said: “The ‘give our home a name’ competitions held across Suffolk have been lovely opportunities to further develop our relationships with the communities surrounding the new developments. It is an exciting time for us and we are delighted to be able to share it.”

In the coming months there will be two final competitions for the new developments in Eye and Cedars Park, Stowmarket. All suggestions are welcome when the competitions open on the 1st January 2014 and entry forms can be downloaded at:

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