October 3, 2008

Anthony a Winner at Name Game

A Creative resident has helped select a name for a new pounds3.5- million care home, opened yesterday.

Anthony Strong, (62) from Birchwood Road, Scunthorpe, came up with a name for the 56-bed elderly care centre on Everest Road, Ashby after a public plea in June for people to come forward and help think of a name.

The request prompted 25 suggestions, but thanks to Mr Strong's creative talents, the home has been called 'Edmund House' after Sir Edmund Percival Hillary, a New Zealand mountaineer and explorer who devoted part of his life to helping others.

Sir Hillary is also famous for his ascent of Mount Everest which was the inspiration behind several road names in the Ashby area, including Everest Road itself.

Mr Strong said: "Sir Edmund Hillary's name has become a byword for courage, endurance and caring worldwide so to name this new residential care home on Everest Road in his memory seemed a fitting tribute to a great man.

"I feel very honoured to have been involved."

The home hopes to take in its first residents next week. Residents will be able to occupy large, private suites.

Chief Executive Ian Watson said he was thrilled with the finished building.

"We're so excited that we've come into Scunthorpe with a modern innovative facility and are looking to make a significant difference to people needing care generally and especially those suffering from dementia."

The centre is just one development taking place in Scunthorpe as a result of North Lincolnshire's growing aging population.

Currently, there are around 26,000 people aged 65 and over, which is 17 per cent of the population.

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