A NEW 80-bed care home for people with dementia has been officially opened in the city.

Latimer Court in Worcester was opened on Wednesday by Cecil Duckworth, chairman of Worcester Warriors and founder of the Duckworth Worcestershire Trust charity. The philanthropist unveiled a plaque and told guests: “I must say, it’s a fantastic facility. I’m delighted that it’s in Worcester for many reasons. Maybe one day I shall end up here myself.”

The home is headed by general manger Peta Mandleberg, who welcomed new residents, guests and local heroes to the grand opening.

Among those heroes were Daniel Evans, aged 17, who suffered a cardiac arrest at Worcester College of Technology but survived thanks to the efforts of staff and paramedics, a story which featured exclusively on the front page of your Worcester News last year. Barchester Healthcare presented him with a cheque for £200 for the Arrhythmia Alliance. Pat and Peter Stokes, from the Consortium of Cripplegate Bowlers Club, were also presented with a cheque for £200 to help the local community continue to enjoy the club.

Peta Mandleberg, the general manager, said: “There is a great deal of community spirit in Worcester and we are surrounded by wonderful people that do an enormous amount to support their neighbours.”

Latimer Court Care Home will offer 24-hour nursing and residential care and will provide care to people with dementia in the ‘Memory Lane Community’ .

The home features a range of services and facilities including a coffee area, hair salon and a well-maintained garden.