The Romford Battler visits Derham House Care Home in Upminster

Professional snooker player and seven time World Championship finalist Mark King A.K.A The Romford Battler visited Derham House Care Home in Upminster this week.

Mr King who is aware of the home through friendship with some of the staff, had heard about the fantastic work that the team have been doing throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

Visiting on Tuesday 15th, Mr King came armed with boxes of chocolates to thank the staff for their dedication along with signed photos for his fans amongst the team. Mr King was aware that Derham House has a small number of residents who do not have any family and for these people he also bought Christmas presents.

Many of the residents were overwhelmed at Mark’s kindness and could not thank him enough. Due to the current Covid restrictions Mark could not enter Derham House to meet the residents, but instead used the homes beautifully appointed designated Covid-secure visiting suite to greet those residents who were on the other side of the safety screen.

Speaking afterwards Mark said that he was very impressed with the attractive home and the level of care provided to residents. Crina Lee, the General Manager of Derham House, said “Mark was full of generosity and has really created a buzz in the home. He has also offered to come back once the Covid restrictions have been lifted to play snooker with the residents and lead some lessons.”

Lastly, Mr King was kind enough to record a message of support for the hard working team at Derham House which really lifted morale and was perfectly timed for Christmas.

About Barchester Healthcare: Barchester Healthcare is one of the UK’s largest care providers supporting older people living independent lives with dignity and respect. Providing a wide range of services for a variety of needs, Barchester Healthcare support almost 12,000 residents across 236 homes for short breaks to long term stays.

A leading care provider over the last 25 years, Barchester services include residential care and nursing care tailored to the individual. Barchester also provide expert dementia care.

Many Barchester homes feature a Memory Lane Community, which is a dedicated part of the home designed to support residents who are living with various stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia stay as independent and active as possible. Barchester also have dedicated services that provide specialist care for those who require neuro rehabilitation, as well as care for those with Parkinson’s or Huntington’s disease.

Barchester have 6 independent mental health hospitals that offer Functional and Organic mental health services. The health, safety and wellbeing of our Residents, Patients and Staff are always our top priorities. We have therefore put in place robust and comprehensive plans to respond to the coronavirus outbreak in the UK.

Our plans will be kept under regular review and updated as advised by the Public health authorities. Barchester Healthcare we are proud to be the only care home provider to win the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), Health and Safety Award in 2019 and 2020. Awarded for contribution to occupational health and safety in the healthcare sector, the company as a whole continue to demonstrate a consistently excellent, and continuously improving performance for ‘Best in Sector’.

Our teams of highly-qualified and attentive staff are passionate about independence, dignity and choice for all residents within their care. Our well-trained care staff focus on the individual needs of each resident, developing a bespoke care plan for each and every person. We employ motivated, attentive staff, who are committed to excellent care and customer service. At Barchester, we celebrate life and make sure the people we support do too. We do this by treating everyone as individuals, and always tailoring our services and support to meet their needs, which vary person to person. To find out more about Barchester or to find your closest care home, please visit our website Kind regards Kieran Baines Customer Relationship Manager Mob: 07741147078

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