RACING legend Bob Champion opened a £506,000 refurbishment of a Suffolk nursing home yesterday.
Grand National-winning jockey, who become a hero after beating cancer
to win the race, unveiled an official plaque to help staff and patients
celebrate their own success. Due to local demand major refurbishments
and extensions were needed at BUPA's Melford Court Nursing Home, Long
Melford. Despite months of disruption, the home is now back running
smoothly in improved surroundings.
The scheme has seen a dramatic
difference to the home's appearance and even the gardens have been
redesigned. The facilities of the home have also seen a total
transformation. Virtually every room has been redecorated with new
carpets, furniture and curtains. The number of rooms has been increased
to 45, which will enable the home to take in more residents.
Sue Whitney said: "It's been a very exciting time for us all at Melford
Court, but after all the planning and disruption we're delighted with
the results. We have long provided the highest standard of care to suit
individual needs and can now offer an environment of the same high
REFURBISHED: Former jockey Bob Champion reopens the
refurbished Melford Court Nursing Home, Long Melford, watched by
manager Sue Whitney and BUPA regional director Oliver Thomas.
Photograph KEITH MINDHAM
Suffolk News (4th September 2000)