Our new service offering home care in Thirsk was officially launched on Monday, June 17, as visitors and invited guests joined Continued Care staff for the official opening of our new office in The Old School at Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe.
The ribbon was cut by Dr Gill Wight, committee chair of Sutton Village Hall, a registered charity which owns the building. In her speech, she welcomed Continued Care to the building and talked about the committee’s delight at seeing it put back into community use after lying empty for three years.
Built in the Victorian period, the building served as the village school until 2007, when it was closed due to falling pupil numbers. In 2008, it was purchased by the Village Hall Committee to ensure the retention of the historic building. Located next door to the village hall, the building also complemented the committee’s aims of catering for the social, educational, spiritual and recreational needs of the residents of Sutton and the surrounding area.
The purchase was funded partly thanks to a 55-year-old legacy from Evelyn Peake, who lived at Sutton Hall and whose family owned large parts of the village. An original bequest of about £2,000 made by Mrs Peake for charitable, religious and educational purposes was found to have remained untouched for more than half a century, and had increased in value to £75,000.
Dr Wight said: “We decided we wanted to use it for something which had an ethos of which Mrs Peake would have approved. First, we welcomed the local Alzheimer’s group, who stayed here for six years, and now we feel that Continued Care also reflects this ethos.”
Gill Thomas, who was instrumental in bringing Continued Care to The Old School building and has helped make our move seamless, added: “It’s lovely to see the building back in use after nearly three years, and it’s fitting that Continued Care’s ethos and service fits so well with its original community use.”
Invited guests at the opening included members of North Yorkshire County Council’s team, and Jane Shepherd, who manages the Bluebell House day centre in Northallerton for the Hambleton, Richmond and North Tees branch of the Alzheimer’s Society.
Jane said: “We used to have a day centre in The Old School so I wanted to pop along and meet the new occupants. Although we have people with dementia coming to us for the day, we get a lot of questions from their carers. There’s a need in our area as well as nationwide for home care services.”
The Mayor of Thirsk, Coun David Duffey, attended the event and said: “We are always delighted to welcome new businesses to Thirsk, and anything that supports the community is absolutely fantastic.
“There’s a definite need for home care services in the area following the closure of the Lambert Memorial Hospital in Thirsk and the reduction in services at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton. We look forward to working with Continued Care in the future.”
Continued Care’s director Samantha Harrison said: “It was fantastic to see so many people at the opening of our new Thirsk office, and we’d like to thank everyone for coming and all those who have supported our move into the area.
“More people than ever before are choosing to be cared for at home as it’s the best place to be, so it’s nice to be able to expand our service and make it available to more people. We’re starting from scratch here and really appreciate how supportive everyone has been.”
Our friendly and experienced team in the Thirsk office are dedicated to providing the very best person-centred home care. We offer flexible care services ranging from 15-minute pop-in visits to 24-hour live-in support for older adults, people living with dementia, younger disabled adults, adults with a learning disability, and children. We also provide respite care and support for people discharged from hospital.
For more information, call our Thirsk office manager Andrea Gadd on 01845 440 891.