Princess Royal opens Gloucestershire care centre

The Princess Royal has officially opened The Lakes Care Centre, the Orders of St John Care Trust’s newest care facility in Cirencester.

During the visit, Princess Anne was shown baking and reminiscence activities. Sybil Fleury, the first resident to move into The Lakes, invited the Princess to see the spacious bedroom and en-suite wet room facilities available to residents. 

Following her tour, the Princess Royal joined guests from the local community and organisations involved in the project, for the unveiling of the commemorative plaque.

After the visit, Mrs Fleury said: “It was very exciting to meet Princess Anne and I was delighted to show her my lovely room. This is such a comfortable place to live and I feel very safe here.”

The Lakes provides dementia care and has 64 beds.  The £6.74 million care facility is divided into separate household units, each self-contained with its own communal dining and lounge areas, as well as specialist assisted bathing facilities.

Dan Hayes, OSJCT’s chief executive, commented: “We’re confident that The Lakes, with the specialist care it offers, will be a great asset to the Cirencester area. We also encourage those within the local community to get involved with the home by becoming volunteers and spending time with our wonderful residents.”

John Chapman, area operations manager for The Lakes Care Centre, said: “We couldn’t have been more excited about having the Princess Royal visit us to officially open The Lakes. Our residents and employees were thrilled to welcome Her Royal Highness and were very keen to show off their new home.”

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