Home Secretary praises carers for going extra mile

Kellie Carter and Kimberly Mann

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has praised the devotion of two local carers who gave up their evening off to accompany two residents on a night out.

Kellie Carter and Kimberly Mann from Hastings Court treated John and Celia Mortimer to a ‘date night’ after overhearing them discuss how much they would like to go out.

The Home Secretary and MP for Hastings and Rye wrote the carers a personal letter of thanks after reading about them in the Hastings Observer.

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Ms Rudd said: “To give up your night off to treat this couple to a special evening is so compassionate of you. I cannot commend your kindness enough.”

“We were so surprised to get the letters,” said Kellie.  “It was wonderful to know she’d read the story and felt moved enough to write to us.  But care here is all about helping people to live as they want to live, to carry on making special memories, and if that means going the extra mile then we’ll do it.”

Registered General Manager Georgina Gamble, who also received recognition from Ms Rudd, said: “We are delighted that our MP has acknowledged the lengths we will go to, to give our residents quality of life.  I am very proud of Kellie, Kimberly and the whole of my team.”

Hastings Court is a purpose-built, 80 bed care home on the outskirts of Hastings that provides person-centred residential, nursing and dementia care.

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