Linda Phillips, Head Nursing Executive at the Sunshine Towers old peoples’ home in Devon, this morning told of the residents’ delight when a visit from Princess Anne resulted in the provision of a full, balanced meal for everyone.
‘They were all really pleased,’ she added, ‘A full buffet with baked beans and sausages was provided for the visit but Princess Anne didn’t even take a bread roll, which left the whole lot for the old folks.’
The Princess has been reported in the past as requesting full dinner services for her visits, so managers at Sunshine Towers really pushed the boat out, even with a limited budget. Little ham sandwiches and pre-sliced tomatoes were stacked carefully on a trestle table, clearly visible in the background of a photograph of her shaking the hand of a confused woman in a wheelchair.
Albert Peterson, 92, has been a ‘bronze standard’ resident at the home for 7 years, and has never had access to such a magnificent banquet. ‘You see, us peoples on bronze level only gets some porridge in the morning and a banana for tea; those little pineapple chunks on sticks is only seen at Christmas’. Ms Phillips noted that bronze standard residents do get the best possible food for their £98 per day fee, and that gold level customers paying £147 also get a KitKat for lunch, 3 cups of tea and a glass of water to take their medication with.
She was unwilling to confirm whether the toilet roll left behind by the Princess would also be shared out between the residents.