28th January 2021 HAPPY 13TH ANNIVERSARY

We would like to CONGRATULATE Zoe on the 13th Anniversary of becoming the Owner of Valerie Manor!

 I would like to give a bit of ‘Family History’ on Zoe’s journey to reach her Dream!

 Whilst at Senior School Zoe was working as a Carer at a local Care Home at weekends.  It has always been a standing joke that the  family could not sit down to Christmas Lunch until she returned home after her shift!

This year was the first year she had not worked on Christmas Day since being a teenager, unfortunately, due to the present situation, as with many families we all spent the day separately.

 After deciding to study to be a P.E. Teacher at Varndean, her passion for Nursing and Caring took over and she started her Training with the NHS.

She Graduated as a Nurse, then went on to become a Sister, then Matron and ended up as the General Manager at Epsom and St. Helier Hospitals.

 Sadly during this time my father and John’s mother passed and a little later John’s father needed Nursing Care and my mother also after having a Stroke.  Both were living in Homes.

John and I were not very happy with the Care they were receiving and one day said to Zoe…..’couldn’t you do better?’

The seed was sown.  We began searching for a possible Care Home to purchase.  A few were viewed and then Valerie Manor popped up!  We all fell in love with the very homely, beautiful place…..Staff as well…. Joyce, Emma, Steve, Lucy, Sheri and Lyn have been there since day one!

 Sadly none of the Grandparents were able to share Zoe’s dream as they passed before the purchase.  They would have loved it there and been so very proud.

The ‘Jalopy’ was my mother’s (she named it so)  such lovely memories of outings and now still being enjoyed by our Valerie Manor ‘family’

 A lovely young man sorted Zoe’s Personal Mortgage in 2005…..after being made redundant he was offered a position at VM.  In 2010 he joined the Team! – yes it was Alan!!

WHAT A TEAM!  Between them they not only have the passion for caring but also the work ethic and skills for running a very special Home!

The VM Staff are a credit to them both, especially over this very difficult time when everyone has been working so very hard to keep our Residents safe and well.  Thank you.

 The icing on the cake was welcoming Alan to our family as a Son-in-Law in 2016!

Muma and Papa Bates xx