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Sculpture unveiled at Suffolk care home

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A beautiful outdoor sculpture, commissioned by Care UK from a talented local artist, has been unveiled at a care home in Bury St. Edmunds.

The artwork entitled ‘Tree of Life’ was commissioned to celebrate the ground-breaking partnership between Suffolk County Council and Care UK to deliver 10 new care homes to the region.

Senior representatives from the local authority and the care home provider joined with residents for the celebration which marked the success of the first stage of the 25 year partnership.

Glastonbury Court was selected as the site for the sculpture because it was the tenth and final new care home to open as part of the £80 million development project.

Bury St. Edmunds-based sculpture artist Nigel Kaines from metalwork company, Designs On Metal, was appointed to design the centrepiece for Glastonbury Court’s gardens.

The bespoke sculpture was officially unveiled by Andrew Knight, Care UK’s managing director of residential care, Phillip Steyn, regional director at Care UK, Beccy Hopfensperger, Suffolk County Council councillor and cabinet member for adult social care, Sharlene Van Tonder, Glastonbury Court home manager, and resident, Evelyn Riordan. They were also joined by Jo Churchill, MP for Bury St. Edmunds.

After the unveiling, guests enjoyed a special buffet prepared by the culinary team at Glastonbury Court, with live music from harpist, Danielle.

The sculpture has been made from stainless steel and bronze, and is adorned with leaves and acorns representing growth, stability and the enjoyment of spending time with nature. In addition, a representative from each of the other nine Suffolk homes was gifted a small acorn sculpture to take back to their own home to celebrate the partnership.

Sharlene Van Tonder, home manager at Glastonbury Court, said: “We had a wonderful day celebrating the success of the partnership with Suffolk County Council.

“It was great for all of the 10 new care homes in Suffolk to come together for this special occasion and it was an honour to host the event at Glastonbury Court. I know the sculpture will be enjoyed by residents, colleagues and visitors for many years to come.”

Councillor Beccy Hopfensperger, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for adult care, said: “This partnership has been a huge success and has been widely recognised as a leading example of how the independent and public sector can work together to drive standards in adult social care. It was lovely to celebrate the success of the alliance with Care UK and the new Suffolk care homes.”

Glastonbury Court in Bury St. Edmunds provides residential, nursing and dementia care. The additional Suffolk Care UK homes involved in the project are:

  1. Asterbury Place in Ipswich
  2. Britten Court in Lowestoft
  3. Cedrus House in Stowmarket
  4. Cleves Place in Haverhill
  5. Davers Court in Bury St. Edmunds
  6. Hartismere Place in Eye
  7. Mildenhall Lodge in Mildenhall
  8. Mills Meadow in Framlingham
  9. Prince George House in Ipswich
Open to new residents

76 Aster Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP2 0NR

Asterbury Place

CQC Rating: Outstanding
  • Residential care
  • Dementia care
  • Nursing care
  • Respite care
  • End of life care
  • Nursing dementia care
  • Day club
Open to new residents

Love Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 2NY

Britten Court

CQC Rating: Good
  • Residential care
  • Dementia care
  • Nursing care
  • Nursing dementia care
  • Respite care
  • End of life care
  • Day club
Open to new residents

Bittern Crescent, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 5XG

Cedrus House

CQC Rating: Good
  • Residential care
  • Dementia care
  • Nursing care
  • Nursing dementia care
  • Respite care
  • End of life care
  • Day club
Open to new residents

Millfields Way, Haverhill, Suffolk, CB9 0JB

Cleves Place

CQC Rating: Outstanding
  • Residential care
  • Dementia care
  • Nursing care
  • Respite care
  • End of life care
  • Nursing dementia care
  • Day club
Open to new residents

Shakers Lane, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP32 7BN

Davers Court

CQC Rating: Outstanding
  • Residential care
  • Dementia care
  • Respite care
  • End of life care
  • Day club
  • Nursing care
  • Nursing dementia care
Open to new residents

Glastonbury Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 2EX

Glastonbury Court

CQC Rating: Outstanding
  • Residential care
  • Dementia care
  • Nursing dementia care
  • Respite care
  • End of life care
  • Nursing care
  • Day club
Open to new residents

Castleton Way, Eye, Suffolk, IP23 7DD

Hartismere Place

CQC Rating: Outstanding
  • Residential care
  • Dementia care
  • Respite care
  • End of life care
  • Day club
  • Nursing care
  • Nursing dementia care
Open to new residents

St John’s Close, Mildenhall, Suffolk, IP28 7NX

Mildenhall Lodge

CQC Rating: Outstanding
  • Residential care
  • Dementia care
  • Nursing care
  • Respite care
  • End of life care
  • Nursing dementia care
  • Day club
Open to new residents

Fore Street, Framlingham, Suffolk, IP13 9DF

Mills Meadow

CQC Rating: Outstanding
  • Residential care
  • Dementia care
  • Respite care
  • End of life care
  • Day club
  • Nursing care
  • Nursing dementia care
Open to new residents

102 Mansbrook Boulevard, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP3 9GY

Prince George House

CQC Rating: Good
  • Residential care
  • Dementia care
  • Nursing care
  • Respite care
  • End of life care
  • Day club
  • Nursing dementia care

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