Day care manager reaches 30 years of service in Swaffham
A day care worker has reached the 30 years milestone with a mental health charity in the town.
Georgina Bell, manager of the Merle Boddy Centre in Swaffham, started as an assistant organiser before becoming manager of the day care centre.
The centre works with people living with dementia and other mental health problems in Swaffham and the surrounding areas within a 15-20 mile radius.
Speaking after reaching 30 years of service on Wednesday, January 2, Mrs Bell said everyone is like one big family at the centre.
She said: “I feel very lucky to have a job that I do not class as a job. Every day is a joy to be here and I enjoy every minute of it.
“I have had people who have been with me for an awful long time. It’s not like a day centre, it’s like a big family.”
A typical day for Mrs Bell involves welcoming clients at 9.30am for a morning breakfast before a range of activities take place such as target golf, bingo and balloon football.
A two-course home cooked lunch is served at midday for clients before afternoon quizzes and memory discussions take place alongside singing and a piece of cake. The clients then leave around 2.30pm.
Mrs Bell, known as Georgie, added:”I would like to thank everyone who has helped me with my patients.
“We give much-needed respite to the loved ones of those living with dementia and we are the heart of the town.”