Deputy Mayor Cllr Simon Ward and Ben charity Chief Executive Zara Ross cut ribbon at official reopening of Ben Town Thorns Care Home
After three years and an £8.1m investment, 200 residents, families, staff and guests celebrated the official reopening of Ben’s Town Thorns Care Home, Easenhall, last weekend. With music from the Brass Band of Central England and vintage cars celebrating Ben’s long history of supporting people from the automotive industry, guests enjoyed traditional games, a tombola, Pimm’s and Prosecco and a visit from Alpaca Pals. Afternoon tea, made by the care home’s chef team, was served.
Guest of honour, Deputy Mayor Cllr Simon Ward and Ben Chief Executive, Zara Ross, cut a ceremonial ribbon to mark the official reopening of the care home after its extensive refurbishment. Guests at the event were given tours of the new care home and their reaction was uniformly positive, with many people commenting that “it looks like a posh hotel” and that it is “a beautiful place to live”.
Ben Town Thorns has been an integral part of the Easenhall community for decades, providing high quality residential, nursing dementia and respite care at its beautiful rural location. The refurbishment has transformed this highly regarded care home into a thoroughly modern facility, with ensuite bathrooms, ceiling tracking hoists and superb amenities. Residents and visitors can now enjoy a visit to the café, shop or hair salon, take in the countryside views from the roof terrace and benefit from an environment designed to deliver the best possible care.
Town Thorns Care Home Manager, Debbie Dale said about the event, “We were so thrilled that so many people joined us for the day, including lots of families of former residents. It just shows how Ben Town Thorns holds a special place in people’s hearts. The refurbishment has transformed our care home. It looks wonderful and the ultra-modern facilities help us give our residents the best possible care and quality of life.”
Ben Chief Executive, Zara Ross, spoke at the event to thank the staff and residents of the care home for their patience while the work was carried out. She also thanked the local contractors Ben had appointed for the refurbishment work including Stepnell as the main contractor, Greenwood as project manager and Catalyst for interior design.