Ex-jockey Champion reopens nursing home


RACING legend Bob Champion opened a 506,000 refurbishment of a Suffolk nursing home yesterday.

The 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.

Manager 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 standard."

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.

Suffolk News (4th September 2000)