A CARE home has reiceved a donated a bird table in memory of a former resident as it continues to create a long-lasting bond with his family.

During spring last year, Riverdale Care Home in Braintree and the family of the former resident said goodbye to beloved Colin Prior.

The family and the team at the home remain very close, keeping in touch with phone calls, e-mails and visits, demonstrating strong family values and long-lasting bonds.

Former resident Colin was a cherished member of the home, spending two-and-a-half years there.

The staff at the home became a like a second ‘family’ to Colin’s own family which has continued after his death.

Colin enjoyed many activities around the home, often helping to fill up bird feeders for outside and also join in craft activities with the team. 

When he first arrived he was given the role of car park attendant through the care group's Westgate Lifestyle Pioneer initiative, which involved writing notices and giving tickets to those parked illegally which he enjoyed.

Braintree and Witham Times: Colin loved being given the role of ‘Car Park Attendant’Colin loved being given the role of ‘Car Park Attendant’ (Image: N/A)

Last April, Riverdale Care Home hosted a special 90th Birthday celebration in memory of Colin.

The home celebrated his life with his family and friends, looking at photographs, eating cake and sharing special memories.

During the turn of the new year, Colin’s family have continued their connection with Riverdale Care Home, donating a bird table in memory of Colin placed in the garden for residents to enjoy.

Colin’s children Jeanette, Julia and Stephen said: "Thank you to everyone at Riverdale Care Home for letting us put this up in memory of Dad. We hope all the residents enjoy watching the birds."