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We are family! #CAFC Family!

by Lisa Carr

Riverdale Court care home in Welling, owned and operated by Avante care and Support, is a popular and well supported home in its local community.

Prior to the pandemic lockdown the home would regularly host groups and events within the grounds of the home or attend local activities and events, so residents were always out and about in the community.

Nicolas Kee-Mew, Home Manager at Riverdale Court and his care team are passionate about providing good care and follow the Avante Philosophy of Care, the Eden Alternative. This has been adopted by all staff, is at the heart of their care delivery and is evident on a daily basis.

Resident Peter is a perfect example.

Peter is a keen Charlton Athletic fan and has been since he was 15 years old. He would go regularly to the Valley to watch his beloved team and would follow their every game each season. Peter has continued to follow ‘The Addicks’ with pride while living at Riverdale Court and care staff have actively encouraged this interest.  

The start of the pandemic lockdown in March sadly meant all football matches were suspended, with millions of football fans left not knowing when they would see their favourite teams take to the stadiums again. Peter, of course, included.

To help try and fill this void, care staff at Riverdale Court thought it would be a nice idea to for Peter to connect with a pen pal who shared his love of Charlton Athletic.

The request was put out on social media and there was a huge response. Peter has since been inundated with kind letters, cards and signed memorabilia all from his beloved football team. Peter didn’t think it could get much better than this until last week Charlton Athletic footballer Jason Pearce, posted a video message thanking all staff at Riverdale Court for their hard work and dedication followed by a hello to all residents!

Riverdale Court, and especially Peter, would like to say a big thank you to everyone’s at Charlton Athletic Football Club. Your messages of support and kindness towards Peter and care staff are very much appreciated.

To watch Jason Pearce’s video clip please click here or visit https://youtu.be/exvd_oEjqkQ

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