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Former world boxing champion pays a visit to Ipswich to open nursing home

PUBLISHED: 16:42 26 September 2017 | UPDATED: 16:42 26 September 2017

The grand opening of Hadleigh Hall Nursing Home. Operations manager, Debbie McGovern officially opens the home. Picture: GREGG BROWN

The grand opening of Hadleigh Hall Nursing Home. Operations manager, Debbie McGovern officially opens the home. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Residents at a care home in Ipswich were visited by a special guest yesterday for the site’s grand opening.

The grand opening of Hadleigh Hall Nursing Home. Special guest, former world boxing champion Barry McGuigan having fun with guests and residents. Left to right, manager Emma Beckett, resident Pat Willsher and  Barry McGuigan. Picture: GREGG BROWNThe grand opening of Hadleigh Hall Nursing Home. Special guest, former world boxing champion Barry McGuigan having fun with guests and residents. Left to right, manager Emma Beckett, resident Pat Willsher and Barry McGuigan. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Former world boxing champion Barry McGuigan spent time speaking to residents and staff at Hadleigh Hall Nursing Home, which has recently undergone a huge refurbishment.

“The day was a huge success and we had a good turnout with more than 80 people here,” Emily Slator, administrator at the home, said.

“Barry was a fabulous guest and sat and spoke with the residents and had photos taken with them. He was a really big part of the day.”

The home was bought by Kingsley Healthcare in January, with bedrooms redesigned, safety improved, and flooring re-laid to name but a few changes.

The grand opening of Hadleigh Hall Nursing Home. Picture: GREGG BROWNThe grand opening of Hadleigh Hall Nursing Home. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Ms Slator added: “It’s a lovely environment. We are still a small team but we are continuing to develop and take on more resident. It’s nice to watch it build up and continue to grow.”

The day also saw a string quartet, free barbecue, and a performance by Hadleigh Community Choir.

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