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WESSEX CARE SPONSORS ROYAL BRITISH LEGION 2017 REMEMBRANCE CONCERT

Pauline & Matthew Airey with Rosemary Squires, popular performer at the annual Remembrance Concerts before her retiremen

Pauline & Matthew Airey with Rosemary Squires, popular performer at the annual Remembrance Concerts before her retirement

Matthew and Pauline Airey were delighted to join the audience at the Royal British Legion’s 2017 Remembrance Concert at Salisbury City Hall.

After supporting the concert in previous years, Wessex Care stepped forward as the main sponsor for this year’s event in aid of the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

The aptly named “Babes & Brass” concert featured the Opera Babes (who have performed at the Festival of Remembrance and the Classical Brit Awards, as well as live on BBC Radio 2) along with The Woodfalls Band, West of England Champion Band of 2017, freshly returned from the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain at the Royal Albert Hall.

The programme included popular classical pieces such as “The Cats’ Duet” by Rossini, “Ode to Joy” by Beethoven and “The Drinking Song” from La Traviata by Verdi.

After the concert, Matthew Airey said that he had found the evening, “moving but uplifting,” reminding him of friends and family who had served or supported serving individuals, and how important it is that they are not forgotten.

He stated that, “It’s a privilege to support and be part of this annual concert and the very special charity that is The Royal British Legion.” Wessex Care has committed to support the concert again in 2018 – which will commemorate the Centenary of the end of the First World War.

 

KIMBERLY WEST CARE CENTRE OPENS


As the doors of Wessex Care’s Kimberly West Care Centre opened on Friday 12th May, the group’s Founding Directors, Matthew & Pauline Airey, proudly welcomed residents and their families into one of the UK’s most advanced Care Centres – right in the heart of Salisbury.

Seven years from concept to completion Kimberly West is the culmination of the couple’s vision for 21st Century care – drawing on over 70 years’ combined experience in the Nursing, Social Care, Care Home and Community sectors.

The opening coincided with Wessex Care signing a new contract, funded by the Better Care Fund, to support Wiltshire Council and the Wiltshire Care Commissioning Group (CCG) in developing Intermediate Care (I/C) services with two key objectives:

a) to provide specialist services and beds for GP referrals to help reduce hospital admissions
b) to provide specialist rehabilitation beds as a ‘stepping stone’ enabling adults and older people to leave hospital and recuperate safely before returning home.

Kimberly West is Phase I of a multi-million pound development programme specifically designed to meet the needs of vulnerable adults and older people. Phase II will see work commence on demolishing and rebuilding the original Kimberly House to the same exacting specifications.

The five year programme across all of their existing homes will see Wessex Care doubled their total number of beds to 250. This will enable them to provide central, residential, day and community service access to a range of rehabilitation and divergence support services; from high-end nursing through to dementia, mental health and challenging behaviour in six cutting edge Care Centres.

The Salisbury community will also benefit from 150 new employment opportunities and the extensive additional revenue for the local economy from the group’s spending power.

Mr & Mrs Airey said that their Care Centres, “Buck the trend for multi-roomed ‘hotel style’ care homes. Accommodating no more than 30 residents they will allow staff to spend more quality nursing and care time with residents.”

 

 

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