PAST and present residents of Bayith Rest Home came together for a surprise 25th party for its owner Carol Giles.
The celebration was organised by Carol’s daughter Jane, who is manager of the care home in Bevan Road, Waterlooville.
It was her dream to buy the home and there’s been no regrets at allJane Giles, manager of Bayith Rest Home
The home was first bought by Carol on May 23, 1990 and Jane wanted to recognise the hard work and commitment her mother has put in over the last quarter of a century with a big party.
Relatives of residents who had been looked after at the home exactly 25 years ago last Saturday, attended the party, along with current residents and their families.
Jane said: ‘My mum was pretty shocked. She arrived to a car park full of people singing congratulations.
‘She was extremely overwhelmed.
‘She knew I would do something but not on this scale.’
Donald Castle, 82, has been at the home for eight years, and presented Carol with a bunch of flowers.
There was also musical entertainment from The Simpsons Duo, Jan and Les Priestley, along with a buffet, raffle and auction, which raised just over £500 for the residents.
Carol, 70, previously worked at the QA in Portsmouth before devoting all her attention to Bayith.
‘It was her dream to buy the home and there’s been no regrets at all,’ said Jane.
‘When mum first bought the place, she was down there all the time.
‘One year she gave all the staff Christmas off because she didn’t want them working and me and my family came in and worked.
‘That’s the sort of thing she would do.
‘It’s one big family here. We’re the closest thing to a family many people have got and we like to create a home from home.
‘It’s a small home, we’ve only got 12 residents but I think that’s why people choose us because we’re able to give one-to-one care.’
The whole Giles family have been involved in the running of the home – Carol’s daughters Jane, Sarah Marsh and Helen Jackson, son Ian Finch and Carol’s partner Bernie Giles.