Bradley Manor held a special event to celebrate 50 years of marriage for Vincent and Margaret


Belfast Care Home Bradley Manor held a very special event recently for Vincent Wilson, one of its residents.

Vincent and his wife Margaret decided to celebrate 50 years of marriage by renewing their vows at the Life Cafe in Bradley Manor.

The big day started out like any other wedding day – the groom had his clothes laid out while the bride got pampered at home.

The wedding room was set out, the champagne was put on ice and the priest was on hand to perform the ceremony, while family and friends arrived to witness the renewal of vows.

Vincent had performed in a bagpipe band for many years and the day would not have been complete without one of his friends piping the happy couple into the room.

Following the renewal of vows, there was a tasty buffet complete with a beautiful wedding cake for Vincent, Margaret and their guests. The afternoon was rounded off with live music to which all the residents were invited to enjoy.

Rozzi Kennedy, Activity Therapist with Bradley Manor, said: “It was important that we made this day really special. I enjoyed working closely with the family to ensure things ran smoothly, whilst bearing in mind that Mr Wilson didn’t get stressed or anxious. Everyone – family, friends and staff  – enjoyed the day.”

Operations Director Mandy Mitchell pointed out that just because someone has dementia doesn’t mean living an ordinary life has to be curtailed.

She said: “Here at Bradley Manor we ensure that all residents are treated with the upmost respect. We ensure that they are treated as individuals and that families are involved in all aspects of care including their social life.

“We ensure that residents enjoy every day in Bradley Manor and we know that Mr and Mrs Wilson really enjoyed renewing their vows. Everyone at Bradley Manor loved taking part in their big day – a day that made so many family memories and we are glad in helping make it so special.”

Congratulations to all our finalists and winners from our N. Ireland Independent Care Awards evening which took place on Thursday 17th October at the Malone Lodge Hotel, Belfast.

A wonderful night was had by all.  Please find below the list of finalists and winners:

Flourishing Award

Harry Reid, Hutchinson Care Homes- Winner

Marie McCartney, Macklin Group – Highly Commended

Dr. Fred Wright, Belfast Central Mission – Highly Commended

Backbone Award

Lucy McCreery, Domestic Care Group - Joint Winner

Gillian Masson, Healthcare Ireland Group -Joint Winner

Lisa Steele, Hutchinson Care Homes

Andrew McQuillen, Belfast Central Mission

Care Team – Residential Housing with Care Award

Strand Residential Unit, Priory Group - Winner

Aaron House , Presbyterian Church in Ireland/Council for Social Witness

Burleigh Hill House, MD Healthcare

Rosevale Lodge, Four Seasons Healthcare

Nursing Award

Laura Campbell, Macklin Group - Winner

Josette Fernandez, Four Seasons Healthcare

Brenda Service, Wilson Group

Care Team – Nursing Home Award

Larne Care Centre, Wilson Group - Winner

Nursing Care Team, Castleview Private Nursing Home

Domnall Intermediate Care, Four Seasons Healthcare

Specialist Practice Award

Laura Ferguson, Four Seasons Healthcare - Winner

Laura Paterson Spa Nursing Homes Ltd

Mary Stevenson, Healthcare Ireland Group

Care Team – Domiciliary and Care at Home Award

Newtownabbey Team, Homecare Independent Living - Winner

Ards Peninsula Locality Support Team, Optimum Care

Rapid Response Team, Connected Health Ltd

Innovation Award

Ryan Williams, Connected Health Ltd - Winner

Recovery Star Model, Four Seasons Healthcare

Jacqui Corscadden, Age N.I.

Leadership Award

Kathie Stevenson, Beechvale Nursing Home - Winner

Kayleigh Hunniford, Priory Adult Care

Louise McConville, Radius Housing Association


Team Spirit Award

Burleigh Hill House, MD Healthcare - Winner