Councillor Jim takes the helm

A NEW chairman has been appointed for an Alnwick care home.

Town councillor Jim Thompson has been elected by the executive committee of Abbeyfield after Bill Hopper announced that he wished to step down after 10 years at the helm.

Jim has a history of service in the local community having worked as a fire officer for 30 years, been a member of Round Table, a founder member of Alnwick Lions and more recently a member of the Rotary Club of Alnwick and president in 2009/10.

Jim also spent many years with Alnwick International Music Festival helping develop it from an idea to an internationally-recognised event.

“I am looking forward to becoming more involved with Abbeyfield. I have been on the committee a few years now looking after fire safety matters but will now try to address the needs of all our residents and their families as well as the agencies who are the other stakeholders in the home,” he said.

“We have an executive committee that oversees and helps with various aspects of managing the home as well as a Friends of Abbeyfield committee that raises funds and provides extra facilities for the residents.

“The manager, assistant and all the staff in the home are dedicated to the care of the residents and activities and outings add extra interest.”

Abbeyfield is not just a home for the elderly but a home that provides lots of activities and facilities over and above what is required of a residential home. It is open to anyone who would benefit from being cared for in a friendly and helpful environment.

Jim said he is looking forward to helping meet the challenges and needs, working with an excellent group of staff members and providing a first-class service for the residents.

He described Abbeyfield as somewhere he would be proud to have his mother take up residency.