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On the 14th October we were thrilled to be invited to join ella Member and CEO of The Mortimer Society, Paul Studd at the opening of their new activities suite.

The Mortimer Society was established as a charity at Frindsbury House in Rochester some thirty-six years ago to provide residential care for those with disabilities. The Society has slowly grown and Frindsbury House currently has twenty-three residential beds and Birling House at Snodland thirty-two residential beds. A large number of residents have Huntington’s Disease and go to the homes when progress of the condition is such that care by their families in the community is no longer able to meet their needs.

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The Society endeavours to ensure both homes have a very personal and friendly atmosphere and has constantly sought to ensure that its facilities are up to date.  The former stable block at Frindsbury with the addition of a temporary wooden building was used for activities and by visiting families. These buildings were in need of complete modernisation.  A virtually new suite has been built around some of the original buildings providing a large and accessible activities room, a small hairdressing salon and a room for use by visiting families. The rooms are now in full use and have been welcomed by residents, staff, relatives and visiting professionals.

The new activities suite was made possible due to two very generous donations, one from the Peter Harris Charitable Trust and the other from the Pike Family. Tony Pike was a resident of Frindsbury House for twelve years.  He died in 2014 making a significant bequest to Frindsbury House.  Tony’s father, Roy Pike, a well-known property developer in the Medway area was until his death in June of this year, a Trustee of the Mortimer Society.  He gave his time unstintingly to the Society including until very shortly before his death oversight of this latest building project.  Donations in memory of Roy’s life have were donated to Frindsbury House.

The suite was opened by the local Mayor along with the Chair of the Society Michael Ellis. It was great for us to be able to join everyone at the opening ceremony; we thoroughly enjoyed meeting some of the residents and looking around the fantastic new facilities. Everyone at ella would like to wish Paul and The Mortimer Society continued success.

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Following the opening, reflecting about his time spent as an ella member, Paul said;

I have been a member of ella for several years now which during this time has undoubtedly developed my professional skills and given me the opportunity to grasp the CEO role in a more confident manner. I believe this has enabled me to become a better leader of my organisation than I ever thought possible.

I am inspired by our monthly meetings whereby a group of like minded CEO’s come together to share and discuss experiences and resolve current issues and challenges in a confidential and trusting environment.

The monthly meetings linked with my 1:1 coaching and mentoring sessions have enormously developed my leadership skills and given me the ability to be more innovative and to think and do things differently.”

For more information on The Mortimer Society, please visit their website http://www.mortimersociety.org.uk/

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