Party for care worker retiring after 20 years at Rathmore House
75-year-old Elizabeth Byrne sad to leave friends at Swiss Cottage care home
03 April, 2017 — By Tom Foot
Elizabeth Byrne is toasted by colleagues and residents
A CARE home worker and laundry assistant was presented with flowers, chocolates, presents and pink champagne at an emotional send-off.
Elizabeth Byrne was thrown a retirement party to remember after 20 years at Rathmore House in Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage. The 75-year-old said: “I’ll definitely miss it. I’ll come back to visit and I may do some voluntary work here but it is time to put my feet up a little bit.”
Originally from Wicklow in Ireland, she came to north London in 1958 and worked for 40 years at a bakers in Cricklewood, before getting a job in Rathmore House.
She said: “I wanted a role that had less paperwork. I’d lost my husband six years earlier and, with three children, I felt I had to keep working.”
She added: “The home has changed a great deal since 1997. It was refurbished three years ago and it looks a lot different now to when I started. It’s a truly beautiful place. The staff are lovely and it’s been an extremely rewarding place to work.”
Ms Byrne said she was now looking forward to spending more time gardening and visiting her family in Ireland.
Care home manager Rachel Musrati said: “She knows the residents well and is always here past her shift because she takes time to chat to them. She recognises everyone’s laundry and there’s never a mix-up over whose clothes are whose. We are so going to miss Elizabeth.”