A CARE home celebrated its 25th anniversary with a party last month.

St John’s care home, in Droitwich, marked the occasion with drinks, cake and musical entertainment from local singer, David Lawrence.

Residents, family, and staff, past and present, were joined in the celebrations by vice chairman of Wychavon District Council, Cllr Tony Rowley, the Mayor of Droitwich Spa, Cllr Shaun Best and Gina Dutton from the University of Worcester's dementia studies unit.

The celebrations also included recognition of John Griffin, who is the home’s longest-serving mental health nurse, as well as the longest serving across all of Shaw’s West Midlands services, having worked for the company since 1993.

Mr Griffin said: “For some, 25 years in the same job at the same place may be too much, but for me, it’s been nothing but a pleasure.

"I’ve had the opportunity of working alongside fantastic colleagues and meeting inspirational residents.

"St John’s is more than a workplace for me – it’s like an extension of my home."

Shaw’s area manager, Tracy Archer, spoke in glowing terms of the management team and staff at St John’s: "Lorraine [the manager] and Donna [deputy manager] make a great double act who demonstrate the utmost passion for improving residents’ wellbeing, solving problems, and empowering their team of dedicated support staff.

"We are thrilled to mark this significant milestone for the home and look forward to providing continued quality care in future."