Soap star joins Mayor to open Sycamore Park Care Home in Huddersfield

Ex-Emmerdale actress Charlie Hardwick and the Mayor of Kirklees, Councillor Christine Iredale were guests of honour at the opening of our new Sycamore Park Care Home in Bradley recently.

The 46-bed home is Darrington Healthcare’s fourth home, and follows the success of our other Yorkshire care homes in Dewsbury, Pontefract and Doncaster.

Set over three floors, Sycamore Park offers five-star residential and specialist dementia care, and features larger than average ensuite rooms, cafes, a hair and beauty salon, a bar, and cinema and activity rooms.

Darrington’s Managing Director Eric Dixon said: “We are delighted to open our doors to welcome the local community. This new home represents a £4m investment, offering luxury care to local people, and has brought 50 full and part time jobs to the area.

“Charlie Hardwick was absolutely lovely, and spent a lot of time chatting with guests from those involved with the build through to members of the surrounding community, saying how important it is that as a society we look after our older generation and provide high quality care that helps them to live with dignity and independence. She also read out a very moving poem about dignity in old age, which is well known in health and social care circles, and which I think brought a tear to everyone’s eye.”

The Mayor of Kirkless, Councillor Christine Iredale, who has a background in social care and supports Dementia UK and The Alzheimer’s Society, praised Sycamore Park’s specialist dementia care unit. She also explained more about the council’s initiative to encourage businesses, organisations and the community to take practical actions make Kirklees dementia-friendly. The Council is part of the Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance, which estimates that there are almost 5,000 people living with dementia across Kirklees.

“We were delighted to see so many local people come along to the official opening, and to the open weekend, which saw nearly 100 people come through the doors to take a look at what we can offer,” said Mr Dixon.

“Moving into care is a big decision, and our doors are always open so people can drop in for a look round, a cup of tea and a chat about how we can help them.

“Like our other Yorkshire care homes, we aim to make Sycamore Park a real part of the community, where families and friends drop in for tea in our café, get involved in activities and have some input into the tailor-made care plans we create for their loved ones.”

Designed by specialist care home architects Alston Murphy, Sycamore Park was built by Walter Thompson (Contractors) Ltd and supported by a development package from National Westminster Bank.