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New care home manager serves up £100 for cancer charity

Kirstie Wood pictured during the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning at Stobars Hall.

The new manager of Stobars Hall residential home in Kirkby Stephen marked her arrival by hosting a Macmillan coffee morning.

Kirstie Wood and her staff laid on an amazing spread for residents and their families which, it is estimated, has raised £100.

She also invited the local district nursing team who are regularly involved in the residents’ care at The Franklyn Group-owned home.

Kirstie has been in post just a few weeks and came up with the idea of contributing to the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning as a great way of introducing herself whilst at the same time supporting such a worthwhile cause.

She said: “It’s lovely to organise an event like this to bring the staff, residents and their families together, as well as the healthcare professionals who have regular contact with our residents at Stobars Hall.

“It’s also a fantastic way to help MacMillan Cancer Support, which is a charity close to my heart. So many lives are touched by cancer and it’s important we support the vital work they do.”

Kirstie and her staff worked hard to produce a mouth-watering array of cakes, biscuits and sandwiches, which proved very popular. Some donations are yet to be received, but the team estimates it has raised £100.

Kirstie, who started out in the profession as a care assistant, has managed a number of residential homes in Greater Manchester and Lancashire and is delighted to have joined The Franklyn Group.

“She said: My main focus is ensuring every resident receives the highest standard of care and attention which goes above and beyond the standards required by the Care Quality Commission.

“Every decision we make is about our residents and it is about creating not just a residential home but a real home for them – while at the same time providing a standard of service which is equivalent to a 5 star hotel.”

Janet McKenna, a director of The Franklyn Group, who also attended the coffee morning, said: “I am pleased to welcome Kirstie as the new manager of Stobars Hall.

“We were very impressed by her previous management experience and her ethos which is focussed on providing the highest standards of welfare and comfort for those in her care.”

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