The Hollies care home in Pontypridd has unveiled their new cafe in memory of a former resident Megan Williams. Aged 86 Megan moved to her new home at The Hollies in 2015 and remained there for over three and a half years. Sadly Megan passed away at the home in 2018, surrounded by her family, 4 days before her 90th.
To thank the staff at the home for their kindness and looking after Megan so well, her son Steve Williams donated money to the Hollies and the staff decided to use this to create a cafe in his mother’s memory.
Kirsty Bow, Activities Coordinator, and Louise Jarvis, Home Administrator came up with the name and sourced all the furnishings and new units and maintenance manager Gary Francis helped to trans form the living area into ‘Megan’s Cafe’ with the word ‘Croeso’, which means ‘Welcome’, above it.
Staff, residents and Megan’s family celebrated the opening of the new cafe with a speech given by Megan’s son Steve with the unveiling of the name on a Welsh slate plaque followed by a buffet. (Cakes were sponsored by Castell Howell)
Speaking about his mother, Steve said “Mum was so incredibly well looked after over the years. It was a combination of professionalism with the kind warm family spirit that made this a happy home. The Hollies is a little community of light and love tucked away in Pontypridd.
I know the residents will come together to socialise, eat and have a good time together. One of the rules that mum would have insisted on for the cafe was that it would have to be open 24/7, serve tea and chocolate biscuits. She always loved tea and anything sweet especially chocolate. She was sweet natured and always had a sparkle in her eyes. She was a private person so would rarely talk about herself but would always want to listen and help others.
My family want to thank the staff for everything they did for my mum and for making the cafe so beautiful.” Said Steve.