Staff and residents at Hambleton Grange in Thirsk have been sharing their advice and special memories about raising their children this Mother’s Day. Courtney Woodall, a care assistant at the home and also pregnant with her first child, has been charmed by the wise words of wisdom from the ladies prior to giving birth later this year.
Resident, Sue Sherwood was born in 1945 and has two children. She spent her life working in childcare and wanted to reassure Courtney that although new mums can be under a lot of pressure, your instincts will always prevail. She said, ‘New mothers need to find a routine and things that work for them and their babies and just try to stick to that – you will never do everything right the first time but motherhood is all about learning and trial and error. Stick with it and be patient’.
Linzi Williams, Lifestyle Manager at Hambleton Grange, reiterated Sue’s words, adding ‘It is hard being a new mum, but so rewarding and every mum should be proud of themselves. I have tried to teach my children to stand up for what they believe in and I hope that is something they take with them all the way through their lives.’
Courtney said, ‘I love listening to all the advice from the mums here, but I am sure I will find my own way once my little one comes along. It is so exciting to think that next Mother’s Day, I will be a mum too! I know my baby will be totally spoilt by all the residents, they can’t wait for cuddles!’ Courtney also had some advice of her own to other expectant mums: ‘Buy your pregnancy pillow early, it is a complete godsend!’.
Home Manager, Nikki Higgins, said, ‘Mother’s Day is such a special time at Hambleton Grange and this year will be no different – we always make a huge fuss of all our ladies. It is wonderful to see our residents supporting Courtney throughout her journey into motherhood. – we have a great sense of family here at Hambleton Grange, something I am very proud of’.
Hambleton Grange is a residential and dementia care home boasting an art gallery, hair salon and spacious lounges. Residents at Hambleton Grange enjoy a full programme of health, leisure and wellbeing activities managed by a dedicated team of carers. The home is rated as ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission. For more information about Hambleton Grange, contact Nikki on 01845 523 837.