A local resident has won a competition to help name a new care home in Thame.
Local resident and NHS worker, Sarah Brown, took part in the competition to name the new Care UK home on Stock Road, which will open in December 2023.
The competition called for the people who know the area best, its residents, to share suggestions that had a cultural or historical reference to the town.
Sarah came up with the winning name, ‘Cuttlebrook Hall’, by taking inspiration from an award-winning nature reserve in Thame.
Located just a stone’s throw away from the care home site, the Cuttlebrook Reserve is popular among local people for its rich wildlife diversity.
Sarah said: “I’m delighted to have inspired the name of the new Care UK home. The Cuttlebrook Nature Reserve is a true Thame landmark and is one of my favourite places to visit in the town.
The area is very popular with local residents and something that the people of Thame are very proud of, so it’s great to see it incorporated into the home’s new name.”
As a reward for coming up with the winning name, Care UK has donated £250 to Sarah.
Justin Daley, Construction Project Manager for Care UK, said: “The home naming process is one of the key milestones for a new home, so it was important to involve the community in the decision.
“All the names put forward were of very high quality, but we felt ‘Cuttlebrook’ really rooted the home in the local area.
“We’re so grateful to everyone that made a name suggestion and to Sarah for helping select the home’s name. We are very much looking forward to the home taking shape and opening with its name of Cuttlebrook Hall in 2023.”
Designed to enable residents to live active and fulfilled lives while promoting independence, the new care home will incorporate space for hobbies and leisure activities.
The building’s layout will be configured into a series of individual suites, each having a dedicated lounge/dining room to help facilitate the creation of close-knit communities.