Kingsley Healthcare's latest luxury nursing home in Liverpool honours Sir Ken Dodd at inaugural open day
Park View nursing home, in Liverpool, has honoured the memory of legendary comedian Sir Ken Dodd during an inaugural open day.
Kingsley Healthcare’s new flagship 56-bedroom home, in Ullet Road, has named one of its communal areas The Sir Ken Dodd Lounge in recognition of the high esteem in which he is held in his home city.
His widow Lady Anne Dodd was invited to unveil a plaque at the open day on Friday <19th November>, watched by invited guests who included local health professionals and representatives of Merseyside Police and Everton in the Community.
The plaque reads: “Honouring the generous-hearted entertainer and national treasure still making a huge impression on his beloved home city through his charitable foundation.”
Lady Dodd, unveiling the plaque after a countdown from 10, said: “It is just lovely that you are doing this. It is very moving.”
She said in the course of her work in the city connected to her late husband’s foundation, it had become abundantly clear the extent to which he was loved and respected.
Jan Owens, manager of Swanside Community Centre, in Knowsley, was also invited to unveil a plaque naming a lounge after her.
The plaque reads: “Honouring the inspirational work of Jan Owens supporting children, families and older people through the Swanside Community Centre.”
Miss Owens said: “I am so honoured, this is the biggest honour of my life, it is just wonderful. This is in recognition of all the lovely people we have supported, especially during the Covid pandemic. ”
Lyndsey Gladden, manager of Park View which is welcoming its first residents this month, said: “I am proud to call myself a local girl and I want our home to be a real part of the community.
“Honouring local people who are loved and respected is part of that vision.
“Sir Ken Dodd is held in such affection across the city and his huge influence still endures through his charitable foundation overseen by Lady Dodd.
“I got to know about Jan and the amazing work she does at my previous care home.
“She is truly an inspiration, running all kinds of events and activities for families and children as well as supporting older members of the community and people living with dementia.”
Miss Gladden presented £500 to Miss Owens on behalf of Kingsley Healthcare to support the outstanding work carried out by the centre.
Kingsley CEO Daya Thayan said: “We are proud to have opened this luxury home that will meet a huge demand for high quality nursing care in Liverpool and bring more than 100 secure jobs to the local community.”
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Author: Stephen Pullinger