Willowbeck resident James enjoys Sheffield Eagles visit

21 February 2019


James, a resident at our specialist care home in Sheffield, Willowbeck, has enjoyed a surprise visit from Sheffield Eagles stars Mark Aston and team captain Matt James, thanks to the hard work and commitment of the home’s housekeeper Jayne Powell.

The visit was organised after James’ mum spoke to the Willowbeck team about his love for Rugby and housekeeper Jayne, who is also passionate about the sport, organised the special meet and greet.

Jayne contacted the club to organise some match tickets and not only did they agree to giving away tickets, they offered to do a presentation for James.

The Eagles stars surprised James at the home and not only handed over game tickets but also presented a fully signed shirt by the whole team and a matchday programme.

After taking their time to meet and greet residents and team members at Willowbeck, the pair also invited more people down to a game for everyone to enjoy.

Simone Greatrex, Home Manager at Willowbeck, said: “The visit was incredible, and one I know that James won’t forget. To see his face when Mark and James walked in was amazing.

“I can’t thank Jayne enough for her hard work in organising the visit – she really has gone above and beyond for James, and it has all been worth it.”

Jayne said: “I am a massive rugby fan and when I found out James was too I wanted to do something special for him. I was over the moon when I found out when Mark said that they could organise a presentation. The visit was incredible and I am so pleased it could be made possible.”

This visit is an example of how the Willowbeck team are committed to delivering high-quality person-centred care for their residents. Working with family and friends is a key part in tailored care planning and ensures that engaging activities are in place to suit people’s needs and wants.

Willowbeck, provides specialist nursing care for people living with neuro-disabilitiesbrain injury and stroke, spinal injuriesmental health conditions, physical disabilities and Huntington’s Disease and is one of Exemplar Health Care’s 26 specialist care homes across Yorkshire, the North West and Midlands caring for adults with very complex needs.