Forest View which provides care for up to 60 residents with dementia has celebrated its 15th anniversary with a party.

The celebrations at the home in Burgess Hill also included long service awards, where Karen Russell, manager of Forest View, was recognised for 17 years’ service.

Ms Russell joined West Sussex County Council (WSCC) in 2004, where she worked as a support worker in Elmcroft care home in Shoreham. She worked her way up the ladder and eventually became an employee of Shaw healthcare – who operate Forest View care home.

She said: “It feels wonderful to be recognised for my hard work and long service in the care sector. Ever since I joined Shaw, I have been surrounded by great people and wonderful residents who make this job as enjoyable as it is.”

Celebrating the achievements of the home and its staff members were Councillor Anne Eves, Mayor of Burgess Hill and Stuart Condie, District Councillor from WSCC. Also visiting the home were CEO of Shaw healthcare Russell Brown, COO Mike Smith, board member Alan Pilgrim, and regional director, Martin Vanhinsbergh.

Russell Brown said: “I really enjoyed visiting Forest View and was really impressed with the warm welcome from all the staff. It was lovely to be able to recognise the staff’s long service and so nice to see so many residents taking part as well.”

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