A HEREFORDSHIRE care home celebrated its tenth birthday with a party for its residents and their families.

Orchard House Care Home in Withington were joined by special guests the Chairman of Herefordshire Council, Councillor Brian Wilcox, alongside Christine Price of Healthwatch Hereford and, from Shaw healthcare, dementia lead, Jan Morgan and deputy CEO, Suzanne Hughes.

Entertainment was provided by the ‘The Poppy Sisters’ who sang songs from the 40s, 50s and 60s.

The party also marked the opening of the home's new dementia-friendly garden which was supported by staff at the local Lloyds TSB branch who donated a day of their time to help paint animal theme boards.

Home manager, Margaret Young, said: “Staff, residents and our special guests enjoyed a lovely afternoon celebrating ten years of providing care here in Herefordshire. Recognising this significant milestone is important, and I would like to pay tribute to the staff who work hard to ensure that we provide a high standard of care.

“We were also thrilled to mark the occasion with the opening of our dementia garden, recognising the importance of helping our residents to enjoy the outdoor space and enabling them to reminisce in the fresh air. It’s been the highlight of everybody’s week at Orchard House and we’re thoroughly looking forward to the next 10 years.”

Councillor Brian Wilcox added: “I was delighted to attend the 10th anniversary event at Orchard House to celebrate a decade of delivering care in partnership with Shaw healthcare. Orchard House provides an important respite service for older residents living with dementia and their carers. The high standard of care offered at the home is testament to the excellent partnership working.”