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New dementia care home opens in Dursley creating up to 60 new jobs

A luxury care home in Dursley, South Gloucestershire, has almost doubled in size with the opening of a specialist dementia care facility, creating up to 60 new jobs.

The Hollies Care Centre secured a £4.1 million funding package from NatWest and Lombard to build and fit-out the new 45-bedroom care home and three care apartments on its existing four-acre Drake Lane site.

The purpose-built care home, Holly Oak, which took 18 months to complete, has 45 en-suite bedrooms, all decorated to the highest standard with personalised touches. The new luxury one and two-bedroom apartments delivered as part of the facility offer independent and semi-independent care.

The expansion has created up to 60 new jobs in the local area including nurses and carers who will support the provision of specialist care for the elderly.

Residents have begun moving into Holly Oak, with 20 bedrooms already reserved.

Jonathan Hawkins, managing director at The Hollies, said: "We built our original 56-bedroom care home in 2008 and with the support of NatWest and Lombard we have been able to complete the next phase of expansion, fully developing our Drake Lane site. NatWest has been incredibly supportive, taking the time to really understand our business, meet the management team and advise on the funding process.

"We are the largest employer in the area and with this expansion we can grow our fantastic team who keep our residents safe, entertained and stimulated every day. Our aim is to continue to provide the best nursing care in the region."

Steve Moore, NatWest relationship director and Helen Neal, Lombard senior relationship manager, have supported The Hollies since 2018.

Mr Moore added: "The funding supplied by NatWest and Lombard has helped to expand an essential local care home that has been providing excellent care in the region for more than 12 years. Jonathan and the team at The Hollies have created a supportive and caring community that we are proud to support."

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