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Valerie Manor DIY – SOS. Visitors POD Day 1! Thank you isn’t enough…….

Where do I start? This is going to be a long one! Here are just a few words of thanks from some of our residents and staff: 

And some of our relatives………….

“To Timberrooms and all the generous local companies, contractors, organisations, material suppliers, volunteers and individuals associated with building and finishing Valerie Manor Visitors POD:

Please accept our sincerest “Big Thank You” to all those who have taken part in building and providing a truly wonderful POD for Valerie Manor residents to meet safely with their relatives.  It will mean so much for our 91 year old Mum “Brenda Wilson” to be able to see her son (John) and daughter (Tina) in the flesh without face masks or through a computer screen after 8 long months.  There will be tears of joy, air kisses and virtual hugs, with just so much pleasure and a true sense of wellbeing for all involved.  Thank you and Thank you again from our family….Brenda, John and Tina xxx”


“Could we as a family thank everyone for helping with the POD construction. It means so much to be able to see our loved ones. We are truly grateful to you all. Best wishes.”


“With the onset of winter, we were deeply concerned as to how we would be able to meet with our loved one whilst keeping them safe.

The Provision and Construction of this amazing Pod is nothing short of a miracle. Our heartfelt thanks go out to each and everyone involved in the project.  Zoe, Alan and all the staff have worked tirelessly to maintain the physical and, vitally, mental well being of the Valerie Manor Family and the Pod will be a tremendous boost to moral.

A neighbour of ours recently remarked that the virus has brought humanity together but humans further apart. This Pod has shown that Community Spirit can, at least, ease the pain of separation, especially for our elderly relatives and their families. It may not be able to facilitate much missed hugs and kisses, but it has provided a sanctuary for maintaining much-needed human contact.

Thank you.”

Opening Day! 

Pictures say it all! 

Just a few thank you’ s on our journey:

Final touches………

Hanging baskets and planters kindly donated by Donovan J & D Flowers………….stunning

Painting kindly donated by local artist Jane Colthup: janecolthup@yahoo.co.uk/ 07423 051551

Volunteers – Wow just wow -I hope I don’t miss anyone out:

The main man himself! 

James Wilmot – Timber rooms with who this project would not have been possible


Kelvin Maddox, Ryan Geal, Al Beazley, Matt Hodson – electrician, Dave Neale, Peter Carter, Alex Bishop, Ben Midgeley, Cameron Baldock, Tom Owen, Ashley Dawe, Tony Yeowell, Tim Yeowell, Ben Cooper, Nigel Howell, Malcolm Quigley, Bradley Hampton – Plasterer, Adam Cliffe – provided multi finish (Plaster)

Food deliveries – Martina Osei-Bobie, Hilary Stevens, Kay Kennedy, Jayne Williams, Kate Hewitt

Businesses – Benchmark Windows, Gardner & Scardifield, Southdown Flooring, Steyning Rugby Club, Barry – Maple Electrics

Neil Pringle – https://www.neilpringleproductions.co.uk/

Here is some of the journey – also captured on BBC Radio Sussex.

BBC Radio Sussex and our Visitors POD! Also a huge thank you to our wonderful volunteers!

We are also generating a gallery of the journey…………….From myself, Alan and all the residents, relatives and staff of Valerie Manor – Thank you to our local Community and team of volunteers for making this possible……

Visitors Pod Project Video

The Visitors Pod project is nearing completion and the community has really pulled together to prove that even in the toughest of times, people do care about each other.

Neil Pringle of Neil Pringle Productions has created this wonderful video which gives the background to the project which includes not only our thoughts but also those of James from Timber Rooms who led the project and a very kind relative who shared their feelings as well.

Neil has said he would like to return to do a follow up once the Pod is up and running.

Thank you Neil for creating this video – it is wonderful.


Virtual Visit Helen Whately – Minister for Care

We were thrilled to be contact by the Department of Health and Social Care to ask if we would have a virtual visit with Helen Whately, Minister for Care to discuss the positive things that we have been doing and also have the opportunity to ask questions. 

Myself and Alan were joined by Debs and Lucy (Manager and Deputy), Alison, a relative of a resident and Mike, pharmacist form Upper Beeding Pharmacy.

This is what Helen had to say on a Tweet following the meeting – we look forward to receiving the script from the meeting that we would also be happy to share.

Thanks to ⁦‪@valeriemanor⁩ #carehome for my virtual visit today. Really good to hear how they have been providing outstanding care through these difficult times & their close working relationship with the local pharmacy. Thank you #careheroes pic.twitter.com/PCVytfnA6W