TV broadcaster and the BBC’s former Royal Correspondent, Jennie Bond, officially opened Anchor’s new Moore Place care home in Esher on Thursday 3 December.

The famed journalist, presenter and author enjoyed a tour of the new 60-bed care home on Portsmouth Road, before raising a glass to Moore Place and unveiling a plaque to declare the home officially open.

Jennie, the BBC’s Royal Correspondent for 14 years and author of several books on the British Monarchy, is well placed to open Moore Place, a site which is steeped in Royal history. Esher was a favourite destination for Queen Victoria and Moore Place itself became a refuge for the French Royal Family during the revolutions in Europe.

Anchor, England’s largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care for older people, bought the site in 2011 and built Moore Place care home, a beautiful Georgian inspired building which respectfully pays homage to the former history of the site.

At the opening ceremony, Jennie was joined by Anchor’s Chief Executive, Jane Ashcroft CBE, Anchor staff and the first residents at the home. Speaking at the event, she said: “It is clear from meeting the care team and residents today that Moore Place will be a wonderful home, full of fun and laughter.

“Having seen close family develop dementia, I understand the importance of the thoughtful touches throughout the home, such as the memory boxes. I know a little bit about the difficult journey of getting older, and my own experiences have taught me that care homes can be the best solution.”

Anchor’s Chief Executive, Jane Ashcroft CBE, said: “We are very pleased to be opening this luxurious care home in Esher, and we look forward to becoming part of the local community. With over 45 years of experience in care and housing, Anchor prides itself on giving older people a choice of great places to live, and we are proud to say that Moore Place is an excellent example of a great place to live.”

Care home manager, Miranda Morgan, added: “We are all excited to be opening Moore Place today. I look forward to welcoming visitors and residents alike to our beautiful new home in the coming weeks.”

Moore Place care home has also donated a Christmas tree to Esher and staff joined the Mayor of Elmbridge, Councillor Jan Fuller, to watch the Christmas light switch-on ceremony in Esher town centre in the evening after the event.

Moore Place provides 24 hour care for older people, as well as specialist dementia care for those who require it. Dining rooms on each floor of the five storey home serve high quality, nourishing cuisine, and facilities include a cinema room and hair and beauty salon. The home also benefits from a beautiful garden overlooking Moore Place Golf Course.

For more information on Moore Place care home, please call 01372 478 200 or visit www.anchor.org.uk.

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