HRH The Princess Royal visited The Lakes Care Centre to perform the official opening on 20 July.

Residents and OSJCT team members were thrilled to welcome HRH The Princess Royal to The Lakes Care Centre on a sunny July afternoon.  Her Royal Highness was welcomed by Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Dame Janet Trotter, and, having met Chairman of Trustees Don Wood and Chief Executive Dan Hayes, was escorted on a tour of the home by Area Operations Manager John Chapman.  During her visit she had the opportunity to meet many members of the care team, as well as their colleagues from the kitchen and housekeeping functions.  Activities Coordinator Ewa Cwiklak led a very enthusiastic and lively reminiscence activity, and carer Victoria Wood, with kitchen assistant Barbara Kruk helped residents decorate biscuits, which were much admired by the Royal visitor.  Her Royal Highness was also able to view the many facilities in the home including the cinema and hairdressing salon, as well as being invited to visit a bedroom by Mrs Sybil Fleury, the first resident to move into The Lakes back in March of 2017.

From a care delivery point of view, the Princess had a lengthy conversation with our two Gloucestershire-based Admiral Nurses (dementia care specialists), and also members of the construction and design team about the importance of providing an environment appropriate for delivering the highest quality of care in comfortable and homely surroundings.

The formal part of the event took place in a marquee in the gardens, where guests representing local community organisations and many of the companies who have been involved in the development of The Lakes were presented to Her Royal Highness and had the opportunity to chat with her about the home.  The two Trust Chaplains performed a Service of Blessing, after which Chairman of Trustees Don Wood invited Her Royal Highness to unveil the commemorative plaque.  Resident Joan Fowler presented the Princess with a beautiful posy of flowers as a token of appreciation from all those living and working at The Lakes.

It was a memorable day for all involved and there were many smiles among guests as our royal visitor departed.