Residents and staff at a Bury St Edmunds care home were joined by the Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk today in celebrating its official opening.
Glastonbury Court is the tenth and final home to be opened by Care UK in Suffolk as part of its £60 million development project in partnership with Suffolk County Council.
Lord Lieutenant Lady Clare Euston unveiled a commemorative plaque at the home today alongside Councillor Beccy Hopfensperger, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for adult care.
Andrew Knight, managing director of Residential Care Services for Care UK, said: “We are delighted to officially open Glastonbury Court and we’re very pleased to celebrate this occasion with so many people who have been part of the project.
“I would like to say thank you to Suffolk County Council for working so effectively with us in the development and opening of each of our 10 new homes.”
Over the past four years, Care UK have opened 10 new care homes in the county and 10 day care centres.
Each care home cost around £6 million to build.
Cllr Hopfensperger said: “It is fantastic to see Glastonbury Court officially open.
“Everything about the care provided at Glastonbury Court is personalised to the residents’ needs, which is crucial because providing good quality care is important to us, as commissioners, and our customers.
“I am pleased that Glastonbury Court has opened in Bury St Edmunds as it offers a brand new, welcoming and homely environment with plenty of activities on offer.”
At the opening event, Lady Clare Euston said: “It’s been an enormous privilege to come here today and quite wonderful to meet the Glastonbury Court residents and the team at such a great celebration.
“I want to also congratulate Suffolk County Council who has watched over this working partnership to achieve something so extraordinary.
“There’s a lovely, welcoming atmosphere here and a great feel of love for everyone who comes through the doors.
“It’s been an uplifting experience visiting Glastonbury Court.”
As a lasting legacy to the success of the project, Care UK are commissioning a sculpture artist to create a permanent outdoor centre piece at Glastonbury Court.
For more information on the sculpture project visit www.careuk.com/suffolk-sculpture