I started off working at weekends and then I moved on to night shifts. I also did the stock take for all our equipment every Tuesday.
I first met Leonard Cheshire just after I started, when I was 31. I was lucky enough to meet him again not long afterwards. He spent a lot of time chatting to people, especially the people living there. I remember he was interested in everybody he spoke to, including me.
Back then, rooms were shared between two or three residents depending on demand. If a guest was staying, a separate room would be made up for them. Leonard Cheshire didn’t want to be treated differently. So he stayed in a room with residents. The matron had separate dining quarters and it was assumed this was where Leonard would eat too. But Leonard wanted to have a meal with the residents.
The last time I met him, it was Kenmore’s silver jubilee and to mark the occasion Leonard planted a tree in the garden. Now, in the centenary year of Leonard Cheshire’s birth, we are reopening the garden on 2 September 2017. We’re all really looking forward to it.
I remember he was interested in everybody he spoke to, including me.