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News from our partners: Chris cooks up 45 years service at Market Drayton care home

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News from our partners

A dedicated member of staff has clocked up an astonishing 45 years working at the same care home in Market Drayton.

Chris Fair started as an assistant cook at Woodcroft’s predecessor home in 1978, a month before his 18th birthday, and moved with the rest of the staff to the new purpose-built home when it opened in 1989.

Chris originally worked for Shropshire County Council, but Woodcroft is now owned by Coverage Care Services, Shropshire’s leading not-for-profit care home provider.

Chris Fair

Chris Fair

Chris progressed from assistant cook to catering manager, a role he filled for more than 30 years. He is now responsible for maintenance at the home – a job which has some benefits, as he explained:-

“I find it better because I have more to do with the residents now, and I like that. My wife likes it better as well, because I do most of the cooking at home now. She is a cook as well but, because I’m not cooking during the day anymore, I tend to do it at home.

“Woodcroft is a lovely care home and because I live locally, I don’t have to travel too far to work.

“I am finding now that residents are coming in who I grew up with. They are older than I am but they are people that I knew, which is nice, but it can also be hard if they have dementia or something similar.”

Chris’s role now involves doing any odd jobs which don’t require specialist contractors.

The 63-year-old said:-

“I do all the jobs in the rooms – if residents want pictures hanging or want something doing, I do it for them. I do whatever anyone wants that I can, and I find it very rewarding.”

Coverage Care Services employs in the region of 1,000 people and several of its staff have recently celebrated reaching milestones in their long-service.

Debbie Price, chief executive, said:-

“We pride ourselves on supporting and training people for a career in care and, as a result, the dedication and loyalty of our staff is one of our  biggest strengths.

“Chris is a perfect example of someone who has committed his entire working life to providing for and looking after elderly residents in the local community, and for that we would like to say a huge thank you to him.

“Our catering and maintenance teams are a vital element of the brilliant care provided in our homes; and people like Chris are the reason why we are able to consistently deliver to a high standard.”

For more information about current vacancies and career opportunities visit https://www.carehomejob.co.uk/

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