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We celebrate Wareham’s ‘Local Heroes’


Today we are pleased to announce that our luxury care home, Pine Martin Grange has officially opened! And in order to celebrate properly, we felt it was important as new members of Wareham’s community, to commemorate the local people who have inspired us in their attitudes and actions.

We hosted an open day and awards ceremony at Pine Martin Grange, led by special guest Geoff Hodgson, editor of ‘Caring Times’. Although everyone we’ve met so far in Wareham has been welcoming and supportive, four people we wanted to recognise in particular for their work in the community deserve a special mention.

Firstly Bryan Bashford, for his work supporting disabled people in the Wareham area. He has set up many fundraising events, raising money for extra resources and also community events that help to bring everyone together. We wanted to recognise Bryan not only for all his hard work, but because he is always on hand to help fellow members of his community. His selflessness and dedication to helping others should not be overlooked.

Our second award went to Carol Turner who is also a very active member of the community. She is the co-ordinator of the Wareham and Purbeck Group of the MS Society, helping to raise awareness and support for people and their families living with this difficult disease. Furthermore, Carol works with the local Parish Hall who offer a great support network for elderly residents in Wareham. The ‘Parish Hall Lunch Club’ meet twice a month and offer lunch and a chance to catch up with friends. One area where we feel Carol’s Parish Hall work really stands out is the Christmas Day Party. Christmas can be a lonely time for many elderly people, particularly when they live alone. The Christmas Day Party not only makes the festivities of Christmas accessible to everyone but also prevents loneliness among older people.

And last but definitely not least, awards were given to Sheila and Cliff Watters. They have helped the local community by maintaining the heritage and locality of Sandford House. As long-term members of the Sanford Community Group, they have established many activities and events that are suitable for everyone to enjoy. From the wildflower memorial and heritage trail to tours of the local cordite factory and wildlife walks. Something that has inspired us in Sheila and Cliff’s work is how they have used their knowledge to educate and interest the community at all ages. They have also been successful in elevating Sandford Church to a Grade II listed building, which in turn protects the church for the present community and for future generations too.

We are so proud to be part of such a compassionate community. Pine Martin Grange is pleased to offer exceptional facilities to our residents, but we know it is the people we work alongside that really make our care homes special.

If you would like any additional information on Pine Martin Grange, or to simply make an enquiry please click here; https://www.dormycare.co.uk/our-homes/pine-martin-grange/contact-us/