Celebration Afternoon Tea at Chalkwell Park Rooms for SPDNS 40th Anniversary
One of Southend’s oldest Home Care companies celebrated its 40th Anniversary last year with a delicious Afternoon Tea, Sparko Marko was there to entertain the children. Ros and John Matty founded SPDNS in 1979, a not-for-profit company providing care at home for people in our local community.
The couple returned to Southend to share this significant milestone with staff past and present, their families and friends, together with some of our service users. Southend Mayor John Lamb and the Lady Mayoress and Sir David Amess MP were our special guests.
Ros was a pioneer of the development of Hospice at Home initially in partnership with Fair Havens Hospice. The service was subsequently established with St Luke’s Hospice, with our staff taking the ethos of Hospice Care to people in their own homes and supporting their families. This has evolved into a specialist 24/7 palliative care service which has been provided for over 15 years in South West Essex. SPDNS also supports students with additional needs attending South East College campuses.
Ros Matty said ‘’40 years ago computers and internet were in their infancy and mobile phones did not exist. However, some things have not changed, including the desire to provide a reliable high quality service, continue making a difference to peoples lives and helping families cope with the difficulties of caring for someone at home.’’