Green-fingered care home resident wins award

Green-fingered resident Bob Maven of Chester Court Care Home in Bedlington, Northumberland, has won an award for his work on a community garden.

The 91-year-old was honoured by the team at the Barchester home for his dedication ahead of National Gardening Week, which runs from April 30 to May 6.

General Manager, Pam Towers, said: “Bob’s dedication to our garden has brought a lot of enjoyment to our visitors and is a great refuge for residents who appreciate the wonderful colours and fragrances. We’re proud to award Bob with a token of appreciation for all his hard work in making our home beautiful.”

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Bob’s devotion to the garden has been enjoyed by residents, staff and local community for the past five years. Planting an assortment of colourful and aromatic florals that bloom throughout the year, Bob made special adaptations to his electric wheelchair to accommodate a tray to carry his pot planters, and to hold his watering can. Bob, who recently turned 91, also grows tomatoes, cucumbers and apples at the home that the staff are able to pick and share when they are fully grown.

Chester Court provides nursing care and residential care, supporting 41 residents from respite care to long term stays, and regularly holds events and activities for its residents and surrounding neighbours.

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