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Care firm boss welcomes rise

The boss of an East Anglian care firm Kingsley Healthcare has welcomed the introduction of the National Living Wage – despite concerns from other sector leaders at the increased financial pressure.

Daya Thayan, whose company employs 1,400 people in 26 care homes across the country, said the change was “an opportunity to revisit our policies, even if that means we give up some profits”.

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Monty proves a hit at care home

Dani Gaston, manager at Kirkley Manor, hailed the “benefits” of bringing her pet dog with her to the nursing and care home. “It creates that sense of home for people used to having a pet at home,” she said. “People are able to interact with him and stroke him, which works well for reminiscing about pets that they have had. They might not be able to recall specific details of their lives but they know he is called Monty. 

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Kingsley Healthcare recruitment manager s charity success

Kingsley Heathcare's recruitment manager Beverley Lambert, who has been charity fundraising for 25 years, is thrilled to have received three awards in a week.Beverley, 56, of Hollesley Road, Alderton, near Woodbridge, received flowers and a glass trophy when she was... 

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Resident helped build submarine for James Bond film

As the film Spectre takes Bond fever to a new level, a resident at a Great Yarmouth care home is proud of his own part in the 007 story. With the Daniel Craig blockbuster continuing to smash box office records, Len Ordway, 75, has spoken about his spy movie secrets to staff and fellow residents at Eversley nursing home, in North Denes Road.

The retired fabrication engineer was working at the firm OSEL on the Harfreys Industrial Estate in 1980 when he was part of the team which built a mini submarine, the Mantis, used in the Roger Moore 007 film, For Your Eyes Only.

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Twin sisters on same path

They are sister care homes in more than one sense. Oaklands in Scole, near Diss and Yaxley House, in nearby Yaxley, are both run by Kingsley Healthcare – and by identical twin sisters. 

The resemblance of Oaklands manager Helen Gosling to her 40-year-old twin Paula Baker, in charge at Yaxley, has caused more than the odd moment of bewilderment to families and health professionals visiting both homes, which are less than five miles apart.

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