Farewell party for Sotheby Mews Day Centre favourite
18 September, 2019 — By Kate Byng-Hall
From left, Filomena Davis, Nikki Anderson, Yvonne Naylor, Shirley Warner, Maria LeFlores, Rita Jury and Jim Comerford
TREASURED carer was treated to a surprise farewell party as she finished her final shift at a day centre.
Nikki Anderson said a fond goodbye last Thursday to Sotheby Mews Day Centre in Highbury, where she has been a support worker for 21 years.
Pensioners gathered at the centre for a surprise tea party to celebrate the influence Ms Anderson has had on their lives. Pensioners, often living alone and feeling isolated, meet at the day centre.
As well as group excursions and shopping trips every Friday, the centre runs regular bingo afternoons, keep-fit sessions and art classes.
Ms Anderson said: “I feel like I’m leaving home.” She is beginning a job at a college where she will assist disabled children aged 16 to 18.
While excited about the change, she told the Tribune she was “going to miss each and every one of the visitors to the centre”.
She said she has seen pensioners flourish at Sotheby Mews as they gain more confidence, even progressing to being able to stand and walk independently when they were previously too apprehensive to do so.
“You do feel like you have achieved something,” she said. A Town Hall plan to move services at Sotheby Mews to Highbury Roundhouse has been delayed.