Primary students lend a helping hand to local care home

A primary school has taken a starring role in the development of Care UK’s newest home, which is set to open early next year.

Hollyfield Primary School took part in a competition to name the three suites at Care UK’s new care home, Mercia Grange on Lichfield Road, Sutton Coldfield.

The primary school pupils collaborated to create a list of names that have cultural or historical reference to them and the local area, and these were then whittled down to the top three by the Care UK team.

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The new care home, which will feature 67 ensuite bedrooms, has been designed to enable its residents to live active and fulfilled lives, while also promoting independence. The care home will incorporate space for hobby and leisure activities and will include its own cinema, hairdressing salon and café.

When Mercia Grange opens in early 2018, the suites will be known as the Wilson Suite, named after William Wilson who designed and worked on many of the iconic buildings in and around Sutton Coldfield in the 17th century, the Sixsmith Suite, in celebration of local Team GB hockey player Jane Sixsmith, and the Jerrard Suite, commemorating the WWI veteran from Sutton Coldfield, flight Lieutenant Alan Jerrard, who received the Victoria Cross medal for his bravery.

Care UK presented the winning children with individual book tokens say thank you for all their hard work.

Mercia Grange home manager, Kevin Allen, said: “As we gear up to welcome the first residents to the home early next year, the all-important naming of the suites within the care home is a priority, and we thought. This presented an excellent opportunity to work with Hollyfield Primary School again, after they did such a fantastic job creating artwork for our hoardings which surround the site.

“The ideas the pupils put forward were all of a very high quality, and we’re really pleased with the chosen four names.”

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