Long Standing Carer Retires

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Long Standing Carer Bonnie Huntley Retires

Avante Home Care and Support wish to send a fond farewell to long standing carer Bonnie Huntley as she is due to retire after spending 21 years as a care worker, last year Bonnie was awarded for 20 years long service.

Avante Home Care and Support wish to send a fond farewell to long standing carer Bonnie Huntley as she is due to retire after spending 21 years as a care worker, last year Bonnie was awarded for 20 years long service.

Bonnie joined Avante Care & Support (which was then known as Care at Home, KCHT) on 4th March 1995 as a care worker. Prior to this she worked at the paper mill in Sittingbourne whilst building up her own business as a green grocer in Sittingbourne. Bonnie built up a successful business which she then sold on and worked for a local fruit and veg supplier, until one day she decided she had seen enough of fruit and vegetables and needed a career change.

‘My father had been ill the year before and I had spent the last few weeks of his life caring for him which was a tough and upsetting time but something I wanted to do, to be there for him’, says Bonnie. ‘When my father passed I became bored with my current job and knew I needed a change’.

The Care at Home service was based at and provided through residential care home Court Regis, in Sittingbourne, which is still one of Avante Care & Support’s specialist dementia care homes today. The Care at Home service was an extra service provided by Court Regis for those not needing to move into residential care but requiring personal care or assistance with day to day tasks.

Bonnie joined the small team and helped build up the hours, providing a good care service to its clients. Through the years the service hours expanded and the care worker team did too.

“The main areas I covered were Lynstead, Teynham, Rodmersham and Sheerness, they were quite big areas with not a lot of care workers to start with. I learnt so much from the Twilight Nurses who we worked with and I guess at the time we all just rolled our sleeves up and got on with the work”, says Bonnie.

Bonnie always went the extra mile and for the last 15 years on Christmas morning went off to do her rounds dressed in a Santa Suit. Bonnie said that the Service User’s faces are a picture when she walks in on Christmas morning! For some of them Bonnie is the only person that they may see over the Christmas period, so with her spreading a bit of fun and joy has made Christmas Day a memorable time for many.

Bonnie is looking forward to her retirement and has plans to travel to Australia to visit her friend that she has known for 62 years. We hope you have a wonderful time Bonnie and thank you for all your support over the years, we will miss you greatly.

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