Kingsley Healthcare is championing International Women’s Day (IWD) and celebrating it at all its care homes as well as its Lowestoft head office.
Events planned for Friday, March 8 range from special tea parties and coffee mornings to celebrations of residents’ life stories.
Kingsley Operations Director Debbie McGovern said: “The theme for this year’s campaign is Balance for Better and the aim of building a gender-balanced world is one that we truly embrace at Kingsley.
“Seventy six per cent of our 1,700 staff are women, women make up 65pc of our senior leadership team, while at board level more than 50 per cent of our directors are women.
“We have amazing women at every level of the company and they play a pivotal role in the success of Kingsley and the quality of care we deliver in our care homes.”
Brooke House care home near Norwich will be embracing IWD’s adopted purple theme with suitable coloured clothing, decorations and even food!
Staff at Spring Lodge care home near Ipswich are planning a tribute to one of their residents, Gloria Henshall, who was a highly respected high school teacher and is the mother to West End star Ruthie Henshall.
Meanwhile, Heron Lodge in Wroxham will be holding a Prosecco and Chocolate party with displays reflecting inspirational women from Norfolk such as the nurse Edith Cavell and Oscar winning actor Olivia Colman.
Staff at Highcliffe Nursing Home will be paying a special tribute to one of their residents, Jean Henderson, who performed with the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and still sings beautifully today.
Other ideas include a special afternoon buffet at Thorp House, near Watton, when the home’s multi-cultural staff will prepare traditional dishes from their home country.