West Byfleet care home development welcomes new team

Submitted for publication in the Surrey Advertiser

The new team at Charrington Manor Care Home

A West Byfleet care home set to create 60 new jobs has welcomed the first of its new team of staff on board.

Charrington Manor Care Home, Hobbs Close, Surrey, due to open next month, will accommodate 80 residents.

The retirement home has been named by the Byfleet Heritage Society, and the whole team is keen to carry on the philanthropic tradition established by the Charrington family.

New manager Simona Vargo-Pali has worked in health and nursing for 15 years.

She said: “We are delighted to open our doors here in West Byfleet, providing a much needed service to the area. It’s also such a beautiful environment – it already feels so warm and welcoming.

“There is a strong sense of community here and we look forward to playing our part there.

“We really appreciate the history of the site; the house is very special. And just as the Charrington family has maintained a philanthropic ideology, the team at Charrington Manor are keen to maintain this philanthropic approach.

“We have already planned a series of interesting conferences and events that will benefit local groups and individuals.

Rachel Moore, who lives locally in West Byfleet, joined the team as a homemaker – carer, companion and housekeeper all rolled into one. Rachel has worked in the care sector for 30 years in home care, hospices and several nursing homes.

She said: “I am delighted to be a housewife. The role is less task-oriented and gives me more leeway to spend more quality time with each resident.

“I can really get to know them, their likes and dislikes and provide real person-centered care.”

Old Woking resident and team member Karen Kimber has joined Charrington Manor as receptionist.

Karen worked in the care industry for eight years as a health assistant and care co-ordinator providing home care to people living at home.

However, she also spent time working in the office and missed having face-to-face contact with people, especially the elderly people she cared for.

She said: “I am very proud to work with such an experienced and passionate team.”

The house was named after one of the area’s oldest and best-known residents, Charles Edward Nicholas Charrington.

The Charrington family owned one of the oldest and most famous breweries in the UK, founded in the East End of London in 1766. The Charrington family owned the Broadoaks estate, where the new care home is located, between 1911 and 1946. It was later sold to MOD who held the land until 1997.

Charrington Manor is part of the award-winning Hamberley Care Homes group. The development features fully en-suite bedrooms, spacious cafe-bistro, private dining room, hair salon and nail bar, activity room/bar, cinema, spacious resident lounges , dining rooms and quiet lounges.

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Sara H. Byrd