Wellbeing Coordinator Mary retires from Brierton Lodge after 19 yearsAfter almost two decades of service at Brierton Lodge, based in Durham, Mary Richardson has decided to hang up her coordinating days and head into a happy retirement. 

The staff and Residents at Brierton Lodge, which offers Residential, nursing and nursing memory care for those living with dementia, held a retirement party for Mary to celebrate all that she had done in the residential facility, and to thank her for her hard work, support and dedication.

The story of how Mary came to work in Brierton Lodge is quite funny, in that she had only popped in for a cup of tea to see a former colleague and friend, and then stayed for the following 19 years as she had found a job that she loved. 

Jayne Parkins, Care Home Manager said: “Mary will be sadly missed. She was always so supportive of our Residents and would work hard with them to ensure they were having a good time. 

“She was exceptionally welcoming to new Residents, helping them to feel as at home as possible.”

Jayne continued: “Mary was an excellent wellbeing coordinator who was extremely crafty and really could turn her hand to anything.” 

Throughout Mary's time at Brierton Lodge, lots has changed. From the Residents and Colleagues and to the types of activities and events held for everyone living at the home.

The staff and Residents celebrated Mary’s retirement on her birthday with a tea party. Care Home Manager Jayne, all of the collegues and the Residents will miss her greatly and wish her a lovely retirement.