A signed photograph of Princess Diana has been presented to the William Wood House Care Home in Sudbury by Babergh Chairman Peter Burgoyne.
The photograph, which was given to Babergh District Council on the Princess’s visit to the District in 1993, had previously hung in the Council’s offices in Hadleigh. Following the Council’s move to Endeavour House in Ipswich the photograph has been passed to the William Wood House Extra Care Home, which the Princess open on her visit. A Visitors Book, also signed by Diana, Princess of Wales, was also presented to the Care Home.
The presentation was made this afternoon (Tuesday 20 February), attended by Cllr Peter Burgoyne, Chairman of Babergh District Council, Paul Kingston, Orwell Housing’s Director of Housing and Care Services and Adele Brewer, Scheme Manager at William Wood House.
Cllr Peter Burgoyne, Chairman of Babergh District Council, said: “Even 24 years later, the visit of the Princess of Wales to our District is still a vivid memory for many in Babergh. Today was a perfect opportunity to remember her visit, and the compassion she showed to the very first residents of William Wood House Care Home, and I am very proud to be able to present this memento of that visit to today’s residents.”
Paul Kingston, Orwell Housing’s Director of Housing and Care Services, said: “There is a strong and emotional connection between William Wood House and the very popular Diana, Princess of Wales. The residents and staff of Orwell Housing are delighted to be receiving this memento as a further reminder of Diana, Princess of Wales’ visit all those years ago.”
The Care Home, built in what was previously Sudbury Boys Grammar School, is still operating and includes 30 self-contained one-bedroom apartments for those with unique care needs. Babergh District Council paid the full capital cost of the buildings at their conversion, with Suffolk County Council paying for kitchen and laundry services. Today Orwell Housing runs the Care Home, with funding from the residents and Councils.
Photographs of the presentation are available on the councils' Flickr account.