Care home manager off to Palace garden party

May 25 2022

Care home manager off  to Palace garden party

A CARE home manager from Hanham will be rubbing shoulders with royalty when she attends the Queen’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.

Ann Aubrey, 61, has been manager at The Gables in Sydenham Way for 20 years.

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) nominated Ann to attend the garden party in recognition of services to care.

Ann, whose family has lived in Hanham for 75 years, said she was looking forward to the event on May 25.

She said: “We’ve been told that Prince Charles and Camilla will probably be there, and there’s also been mention of William and Kate.

“I’ve got a navy blue outfit and hat to wear, although I might still change my mind. It’s going to be extra special to go to Buckingham Palace at the moment because of the Jubilee.”

As well as the garden party, Ann has a second reason that 2022 will be especially memorable for her: she is currently a widow but is planning to get remarried in September.

She said: “The last two years have been harder than most people can imagine in the care industry. It’s been very hard on the residents and for the staff too. We had one case of Covid right at the start then none at all until a fortnight ago, when nine residents caught it at once. Luckily a lot of them didn’t even have any symptoms and they all survived.

“I think what makes The Gables different is that the people who live here are still independent and go to the coffee shop, see relatives and so on.

Paul Edwards, who owns The Gables with wife Jacky, is attending the garden party with Ann.