STAFF and residents at a Hampshire care home have celebrated 25 years of loyal service by a much-loved and respected team member.
Healthcare assistant Heather Annear was presented with gifts, flowers, champagne and a celebratory cake after notching up a quarter of a century at Colten Care’s Court Lodge in Lymington.
The popular mother of two joined the team in Court Close when Lymington-based Colten Care operated just three homes, two in Lymington and one in Brockenhurst.
This month (April) saw the family owned company open its 20th home, Wellington Grange in Chichester, West Sussex.
Heather, who joined Court Lodge as a healthcare assistant on night duty, said: “I love working at the home and couldn’t wish to be with a nicer group of people. The last 25 years have passed in a flash.
“Court Lodge is just like a family home. It’s a very special place and I can’t imagine working anywhere else.”
Heather, 57, lives in Lymington and is also a grandmother. Her one-year-old grand-daughter, Esme, was among the guests at her long service party.
Jackie Seeborun, Court Lodge’s Home Manager, said: “Heather is much-loved and respected, not just by her fellow staff but also our residents.
“She is very hard-working and caring and is highly regarded by everyone. I’m very proud to have her as part of the team at Court Lodge.”