Sheffield care home unveils commemorative plaque for former resident

Taptonholme, a residential care home for the elderly and registered charity in Sheffield, has unveiled a special plaque in memory of a former resident who helped the home to build a sensory garden.

The bequest from 96-year-old Ena Wilson – a resident at the Broomhill home from 2005 to 2013 – was instrumental in developing the garden which features wide-ranging plants with distinctive scents.

The plaque was unveiled by Mrs Wilson’s daughter Betty Holden and Taptonholme’s Chairman of Trustees Martin Cowell at a garden party.

Martin said: “Ena was a great lady who loved her time at Taptonholme and the board of trustees were keen for the garden and plaque to be a lasting memorial to her. The sensory garden is the centrepiece of our garden and it was wonderful that Ena’s daughter Betty could mark this memorable occasion with us.”

Taptonholme, which was originally opened in 1947 as a home for retired people, is located on Taptonville Crescent, next door to Broomhill Library. It is totally self-funded and caters for residents aged over 65 including those with dementia.

Michele Wightman, head of Keebles’ private client department, who has been a trustee since 2015, said: “The pleasure which the sensory garden is giving to residents, including those with dementia, is tremendous and it’s great that residents’ families and visitors are also enjoying it.”

With offices in Sheffield, Leeds and Doncaster, award-winning Keebles is one of the region’s biggest law firms and is at the heart of the business and wider community.