A care home in Kings Langley has bid farewell to its manager who has worked at the home for 23 years.
Karoline Gullin managed the Friars Mead care home in the village for 23 years as was treated to an afternoon tea with colleagues, residents and family to celebrate her dedication.
Surrounded by homemade cakes, flowers and balloons Karoline spoke of her time at the home and thanked the team for their ongoing support.
She said: “I’ve been through so much over the last 23 years and I’d like to thank everyone who has helped me to make Friars Mead a great place to be.
“The last 18 months have been especially tough, and I’d like to especially express my immense gratitude to the amazing staff here for their dedication and support. We could not have kept COVID at bay if we hadn’t pulled together, co-operated and worked as a team.
“However, the biggest thanks goes to our wonderful residents, past and present, who have made it an absolute pleasure to work here and given me tremendous satisfaction in my job.”
Geoff Fairfield, chair of the Abbeyfield Hertfordshire Residential Society who manage the home also paid tribute to Karoline’s dedication over the past 23 years.
He said: “The other Trustees and I would like to thank you for your hard work and dedication, especially over the last 18 months keeping the residents safe and happy during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Karoline ended her speech by handing over to the new Manager, Julie Hutchins, and assured the residents that they would be in very safe hands.