Is Irene Sheffield city’s longest-serving resident?

IRENE Sowerby is such a firm part of life at Burnt Tree Croft Residential Care Home in Sheffield that they've named a wing after her.
IRENE Sowerby is such a firm part of life at Burnt Tree Croft Residential Care Home in Sheffield that they've named a wing after her.
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IRENE Sowerby is such a firm part of life at Burnt Tree Croft Residential Care Home in Sheffield that they’ve named a wing after her!

Irene, who is 93 in December, arrived at the home in Netherthorpe in 1982 following a long period of illness - and has been a resident ever since.

Now to mark the 30th anniversary of her arrival staff arranged a special tea party for family and friends.

“Mum couldn’t really live on her own and Burnt Tree Croft really did save her life,” said son Jack.

“It’s good to know she is always well cared for and the staff are wonderful with her.”

Irene has always had the same room in the home, and the corridor where she lives is now officially called Sowerby Place in her honour.

“She’s a fantastic lady and we do believe she has been with us longer than any other SheffCare resident,” said Burnt Tree Croft team leader Kath West.

“She’s very set in her ways and likes to have all her own things around her but we are very proud of her and the fact she has chosen to stay with us for so long. She can still name every member of staff who has ever worked here!”

SheffCare is a charity and not for profit company which runs 11 care homes in Sheffield.