101 Years of Service, Four Fantastic Women, One Team

Between them, these ladies have over 100 years of service with us. They all work at our first Nursing Home, Radbrook in Shrewsbury, which opened its doors to the public in 1989.

Julie Dodd joined in 1991

“Morris Care has been a big part of my life, in fact 28 years of it! I joined Morris Care’s first Nursing Home, Radbrook, back in 1991 and I was employed as a full-time Care Assistant.

I was one of the first in Shropshire to gain the NVQ Level 3 in Health and Social Care qualification and I then went on to become a Senior Care Assistant. I am still working in that same position, 18 years on.

I enjoy sharing my skills, knowledge and experiences I have gained here at Radbrook with others. I am a mentor for new staff and assist in their training as well as helping them gain their Care Certificate.

I really enjoy my job. I find it very rewarding and no two days are the same. I love caring for people and helping them to have a better day, whatever the task – big or small.

The training I have received over the years has been extremely beneficial. Not only for my job but in everyday life. The knowledge and experience I have gained has helped me deal with recent events in my personal life, and everyone at Morris Care has supported me throughout these events. I feel appreciated and a valued member of the team.

I’ll be honest, this job is hard work but it’s worth it. I think people who are kind hearted, compassionate, thoughtful and caring make great carers.”

Karen Bowen joined in 1992

“I first started working for Radbrook Nursing Home in August 1992 as Accounts Administrator working part time as I had a young family, I was thrilled to join the team. Slowly over the years I have increased my hours and changed roles to Reception Administrator.

My office is at the hub of the building and two main parts of my job, both of which I thoroughly enjoy, are:

  • Supporting staff in whatever way I can
  • Greeting visitors, including residents and their families

Over the years I have seen many changes throughout the Home and have made some lifelong friends, as well as having the pleasure of meeting some wonderful residents. Radbrook has always had a ‘homely’ feel and I am so proud to be a part of this fantastic team.

Tracey Seward joined in 1994

“I started working for Morris Care as a Care Assistant nearly 25 years ago. When I started I didn’t have any experience of care so I didn’t know what to expect.

Over the years, Morris has put me through my NVQ Level 2 and 3 in Health and Social Care, which has helped me gain the knowledge and skills of caring, which in turn has built my confidence.

I am now a Senior Care Assistant and mentor to new staff. I enjoy what I do and it’s a really lovely thought knowing I can provide support to people in need of care.

If you’re a people person, caring and compassionate with a true desire to make a difference to someone’s life, I think a career in care could be for you. With a friendly approach and patience, you will go far.”

Patricia Hodnett joined in 1995

“When I started with Morris Care, 24 years ago, I was a Care Assistant. I am now a Care Supervisor. To reach this position, I have gained relevant training and my level 2 and 3 in Health and Social Care, all provided by Morris Care.

Throughout my employment, I have gained extra support during the most difficult time in my personal life. The Director of the business, Timothy Morris, in particular allowed me the time I need to recover.

What I enjoy the most about my role is caring for the residents by making a positive difference to the quality of their lives. I really enjoy listening to their stories! My co-workers are also an important part of my role and I enjoy working within a friendly team.

I am proud to be part of Morris Care and will enjoy celebrating a wonderful achievement of 150 years of the parent company, Morris & Company in this year.”