Rotherham residents say farewell to loyal friend after 20 years

PHOTO: Resident Christine Gervis (left) presents Jan Reed (right) with flowers and a card made by the residents.
PHOTO: Resident Christine Gervis (left) presents Jan Reed (right) with flowers and a card made by the residents.
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RESIDENTS at a Rotherham care home for people with learning disabilities attended a special lunch to bid a fond farewell to a woman who has represented their views for more than 20 years.

The party at Cranworth Close, which is run by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Trust in partnership with South Yorkshire Housing Association, celebrated the retirement of the home’s long-standing advocate Jan Reed.

Jan works for charity Rotherham Advocacy Partnerships which ensures people in Rotherham with learning disabilities understand their choices and rights and have a voice about their lives.

Deputy home manager Angela Warren said: “Jan has worked closely with the residents for many years and has played a valuable role as their advocate.

“She has helped them with a wide variety of issues to make sure they have choice and control over their lives.

“Her monthly meetings with residents kept them informed and encouraged them to have their say.

“She even helped them form a choir to visit other homes at Christmas – they will all miss her greatly.”

Residents presented Jan with a bouquet of flowers and a handmade card.