Whitgift Care residents held farewell parties for Canon Colin Boswell, thanking him for his 21 years of hard work, care and support for Whitgift Care, the Whitgift Foundation and the borough of Croydon.
Whitgift Almshouses residents decorated the common room with homemade farewell bunting and organised a delicious buffet lunch. They presented Canon Boswell with several gifts, including a wonderful painting created by one of the residents. They also said farewell to Reverend Mark who is also moving on from the Croydon Minster.
At Whitgift House residents and staff gave Colin and Mark beautiful plants and garden centre vouchers. A lovely cake decorated with images of Canon Boswell and the beautiful Whitgift House chapel – the pictures brought back treasured memories of church services held at the home.
Canon Colin gave a speech at both events, speaking of the great sense of community, wonderful residents, as well as the quality of the staff and care. He spoke of the joy of being included in the many celebrations for the residents, as well as the importance of attending to residents when supporting them through difficult circumstance and being with them in their final hours.
Canon Boswell spoke of his most treasured Whitgift Care memory – when he introduced Her Majesty The Queen to staff at residents in the Whitgift Almshouses Audience Chamber in 1996.
Residents and staff will miss Canon Colin and Reverend Mark, but were keen at the farewell parties to wish them well in their new parishes.