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Thursday, 30 October 2014

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Cockermouth care home launches tea shop

A dingy unused room has been transformed into a pretty, pastel-coloured tea shop which opens today at a Cockermouth care home.

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TEA ROOM: Dalton Court’s 101 year-old resident Margaret Scales in the new tea room with, from left, home manager Janice Thompson, staff member Tracey Scott and activity co-ordinator Marie Boxx

The light and bright venue is being named Marie’s Cafe, after Marie Boxx, 62, the home’s activity co-ordinator who retires today.

It will be opened by the Dalton Court Care Home’s oldest resident, Margaret Scales, 101.

Home manager Janice Thompson, who came up with the idea, said: “It’s a little cafe where residents can go with their loved ones and friends for coffee and a cake.

“It’s mainly for people with dementia who do not leave the building.”

There will be fresh cakes and biscuits made daily.

There are 60 residents at the home in Europe Way, 30 of whom have dementia.

Marie, from Workington, has been working there since the home opened in 2010.

She regularly takes residents out to shows, singing groups, for an ice cream, and also does lots of painting, singing and chatting with them.

“They all love singing. It’s been lovely here, we’re all like family,” said Marie.

“I shall miss the residents and the staff. I will be keeping in touch and coming back.”

She was delighted to hear the cafe would be named after her. “I’m chuffed to bits,” she said.

She also takes residents to a weekly Singing for the Brain workshop, run by the Alzheimer’s Society at the Helena Thompson Museum in Workington.

This week all the people who normally attend the workshop gathered to bid Marie farewell.

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