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The head of the Methodist Church in Britain will visit MHA’s Claybourne Care Home in Chell on Thursday (1 February) to mark the 75th anniversary of the charity’s foundation by members of the Methodist Church.

The Revd Loraine N Mellor, the Methodist President for 2017/18, will meet MHA’s Chair, John Robinson, and Director of Chaplaincy and Spirituality, the Revd Dr Chris Swift, as well as residents and members of staff.  Claybourne is only three miles from Mow Cop, where the first camp meeting of the Primitive Methodists was held in 1807, and a mile from Tunstall, where Hugh Bourne built the movement’s first chapel in 1811.

The visit is one of several events across the country this year to mark MHA’s 75th anniversary.

Chris Swift said, “In 1943, MHA was set up by forward-thinking Methodists who wanted to put their faith into action by caring for older people.  We remain committed to innovation and quality care inspired by Christian concern and I will also be pleased to show the Reverend Mellor how the organisation has expanded and developed over the past 75 years.” 

The Revd Mellor said, “I am very pleased to be visiting MHA at Claybourne.  The Methodist Church is committed to working closely with MHA to enable good-quality care for our older people and, through the Chaplains, to enable residents and those who attend the Live  at Home Schemes to  worship and engage with faith.  I, personally, have always been impressed by the care given to our residents and I  am looking forward  to my visit to experience for myself the work of Claybourne, a Home I have not visited before, to talk to residents and staff and assure them of our prayers.”

Claybourne Care Home is judged to be ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission, the independent regulator of health and social care in England.

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