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Hillcroft Newsletter – March

Welcome to Hillcroft Nursing Home’s March Newsletter.

Newsletter March 2020

100th Birthday Greetings From the Queen

Phyllis Harrison, a resident at Hillcroft Nursing Homes, Morecambe, was overjoyed with how many people were present to mark the special occasion on Wednesday 30th January.

Celebrations began with the home singing Happy Birthday to Mrs Harrison as her son was by her side.

She was pleasantly surprised with everyone making a fuss of her big day and enjoyed a glass of champagne as she opened her birthday card from the Queen.

Phyllis was born 100 years ago in Bolton, Lancashire on 30th January 1920. She lived in a small terraced house with her parents, two brothers and sister in Darcy Lever where her father, Albert, was the village policeman. Phyllis was particularly close to her younger brother, Leslie.

Phyllis had a happy childhood and went to the dance hall in Bolton every Saturday with her friend, followed by the all-important visit to the fish and chip shop before taking the bus home.

After working briefly in a factory, Phyllis decided at the age of 21, to join the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force, WAAF’s.

Six months after training as a lorry driver and mechanic, Phyllis was posted to RAF Lichfield where she spent the rest of the war. Her duties included ferrying supplies to the airfield and most importantly, driving bomber crews and munitions to their aircraft each evening before a raid and then picking up survivors and the wounded on their return in the morning. Phyllis was promoted to Corporal after volunteering to remove a 500lb MC bomb in the munitions store.

Mrs Harrison stayed in the WAAF’s until 1948 when she got married and landed a job with the UK’s Atomic Energy organisation. She was the personal driver to Sir Christopher Hinton and Sir John Cockcroft who were leading the development of the UK’s nuclear weapon and power generation capability.

For two years, Phyllis drove Hinton and Cockcroft to various offices and plants around the UK accompanied by a German Scientist who turned out to be the infamous spy Klaus Fuchs and was arrested for espionage.

After having her son, Barry, in 1952, Phyllis decided to take a break from work. Over the next seven decades, Phyllis lived in London and Devon before settling in Morecambe in 1994 with her beloved husband, John, until he died in 2001.

Phyllis moved to Hillcroft Nursing Homes, Morecambe, in November 2015 when old age finally caught up with her.

Mrs Harrison’s son, Barry, said: “Mum has lived through a period covering 20 different Prime Ministers, three Kings and a Queen, survived a global flu epidemic and World War ll. Not to mention encountering a spy along the way.

“I am so grateful of the wonderful, caring staff at Hillcroft where she has been so lucky to spend the final chapter of her incredible life”.

Hillcroft Newsletter – December

Welcome to Hillcroft Nursing Home’s December Newsletter.

Newsletter December 2019

Mental health and well-being workshops take place

Mental health and well-being have been hot topics in the national news, and at Hillcroft we value the health and well-being of staff.

Throughout September and October, workshops were held at our Slyne Training Academy, led by one of our Mental Health First Aiders, David Thompson.

David, along with Gill Reynolds and Debbie Hagel, recently qualified as Mental Health First Aiders with St John’s Ambulance.

David, said: ” It is very important that members of staff are given all the information they need and have someone they can go and talk to as well as having someone there who will listen to them without feeling judged.”

The first aiders understand the stigma that exists around mental health and have been trained to spot the early signs of mental health issues and can offer initial help and advice.

Don’t the reception areas look great?

Hillcroft Newsletter – September

Welcome to Hillcroft Nursing Home’s September Newsletter.

Newsletter September 2019

Our July Home Heroes

A big congratulations to Trevor at Carnforth, Lynn at Galgate, Dina at Lancaster, Guy at Morecambe and Jackie at Slyne. You are our Home Heroes.

At Hillcroft, we see all staff as heroes for the hard work and care they put into looking after the Residents and Home Hero gives us the opportunity to celebrate those who go that extra mile.

If you’d like to be a hero and join the team, then follow the link

React to Red Workshops

Earlier this year it was suggested that we hold regular workshops to give staff the opportunity to update their knowledge and develop new skills.

The hot topic for May and June was pressures sores and workshops ran at our Training Academy covering the React to Red approach.

Pressure ulcers (also known as pressure sores) are injuries to the skin and underlying tissue, caused by prolonged pressure on the skin. They can happen to anyone but tend to affect people with health conditions that make it difficult to move, especially those who are confined to a bed or sit in a chair or wheelchair for a long period of time. They often develop gradually, but can sometimes form in a few hours.

David Thompson, Trainer, said: “I would like to thank everyone who attended the React to Red awareness workshops this week. I hope you found it informative.

“We have more dates on in July for staff who were not able to attend”.

It is estimated that just under half a million people in the UK will develop at least one pressure ulcer in any given year. This is more likely to happen to people with an underlying health condition – for example, around 1 in 20 people who are admitted to hospital with a sudden illness will develop a pressure ulcer.


  • Part of the skin becoming discoloured
  • Discoloured patches not turning white when pressed
  • A patch of the skin that feels warm, spongy or hard
  • Pain or itchiness in the affected area
  • An open wound or blister
  • A deep wound that reaches the deeper layers of the skin
  • A very deep wound that may reach the muscle and bone


Our homes decorated their reception areas with React to Red posters and balloons and will be doing so again in July when we hold more workshops!
















Hillcroft Newsletter – June

Welcome to Hillcroft Nursing Home’s June newsletter.

Newsletter June 2019