In a display of appreciation and gratitude, Sundial Care Home surprised their beloved Home Manager, Elizabeth (Liz) Thompson, with a heart-warming birthday celebration. The team decided to combine the charm of Valentine’s Day with an Alice in Wonderland theme, creating a vibrant atmosphere in the care home in Tipton St John. Liz Thompson, a cornerstone of Sundial Care Home for over two decades, was genuinely moved as she entered a transformed communal area filled with cheers, applause, and embraces from colleagues, loved ones and residents, who the home fondly refer to as family members.

The team at Sundial poured their creativity into crafting an amazing Valentines/Wonderland spread that consisted of heart shaped cakes and sweet treats, savoury delights and a bountiful buffet spread for all to indulge in. Not forgetting the three large cakes carefully displayed on a tiered platform, including a beautifully homemade birthday cake for Liz, covered in marbled icing and of course, topped with birthday candles.

Touched by the surprise, Liz reflected on her 24 year journey with the Evolve Care Group, who Sundial Care Home are a part of. “Why have I stayed here so long? Because with Evolve, it truly feels like family. I have been so fortunate to work with teams who make coming to work an extension of home life, not just for those who come to live with us but for the team too. We are able to express our individuality, we share everything together—good times and sad times”

The surprise party not only celebrated Liz’s 60th birthday, but the remarkable dedication and impact she has had on those living and working at the home. As Sundial Care Home looks ahead, Liz Thompson’s leadership will continue to inspire and shape Evolve’s community, ensuring that the values of compassion and people driven remain at the forefront of their mission. Liz finished with “There have been many changes over the years and each year I feel we put those we care for centre stage exploring the best care we can offer for each person celebrating their lives and empowering those who are able to live their best life.”