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Time Capsule Buried at New Cleveland Care Home

Aspirations to cure dementia and coronavirus were among the ambitions listed by schoolchildren in a time capsule they buried at the site of not-for-profit later living provider Anchor’s new care home in Saltburn on 8th February.


The head boy and girl of Skelton Primary School, Nathan Dewing and Erika Jordan, and Redcar and Cleveland Mayor Stuart Smith joined Anchor at their Skelton Court care home in Skelton-in-Cleveland to bury a time capsule ahead of its opening next month (March 2023). The school filled the capsule with descriptions of the future, many of which featured flying cars, and their job hopes and ambitions, which also included YouTubers and future stars. Descriptions of what the last few years have been like and what they enjoy doing were also part of the contents.


Those who discover the time capsule in years to come will also find photographs and documents relating to the new Anchor development which will offer first class residential and dementia care for up to 65 residents. Details about Anchor, England’s largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care for people in later life, a pin badge, a brochure for the home and information about the home manager, Beverley Grimes, were also included.


Lonia Krywiczanin, deputy headteacher at Skelton Primary School, said: “Working on the time capsule has been a great project for the children and their reflections have been thought-provoking, inspiring and entertaining.


“It’s been a wonderful opportunity for them to engage with different generations and understand the importance of older people in the community. I am particularly heartened to think of our pupils making a difference in this world by discovering cures for diseases such as dementia.”


Redcar and Cleveland Mayor Stuart Smith said: “The contents put forward by the pupils at Skelton Primary School offer a fascinating snapshot of life in the early 21st century. I would love to know whether predictions about our future world such as flying cars will seem crazy or completely normal when this time capsule is found!


“I look forward to the opening of Skelton Court and the provision of care and support it will offer to older people in Redcar and Cleveland, particularly those living with dementia and their families. Anchor is a well-established and trusted care provider and Skelton Court is a welcome addition to the care home offering in Redcar and Cleveland.”


Linda Green, Director of Care Services at Skelton Court, said: “We were thrilled to welcome the children from Skelton Primary School to our new state of the art care home.


“At Anchor helping people enjoy later life is our passion and we are delighted to be bringing a new home to the area. Proudly not-for-profit, we work hard to meet the needs and expectations of our residents and every penny is reinvested into our properties, services and colleagues. We make sure our carers can thrive in a rewarding job of which they are proud with a real living wage, industry-leading training and support to ensure best practice at all times, career progression and a range of benefits.


“As such, we know we can offer older people and their families peace of mind that they will receive high quality care and support as well as warmth and understanding from people who really do care. We are passionate about the little things because we know they make a big difference.”


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