An integral member of a Dorchester care home is celebrating more than three decades of service.

Alison Cassidy has spent 35 years with Care South across Dorset as a housekeeper and has been described by the organisation as an ‘invaluable member of the team’ with an ‘infectious smile’ who brings ‘joy to both residents and colleagues alike’.

She began her journey with Care South when it was still part of the social services, originally based in Weymouth before moving to Maiden Castle House care home in Dorchester in 2007.

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In celebration of this incredible milestone, Alison said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be celebrating 35 years with Care South.

“It’s been an amazing journey, and I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the well-being of residents in our care.

“The support from my colleagues and the wonderful atmosphere at Maiden Castle House have made every day a joy.”

Leaders at the home say that Alison’s unwavering commitment and passion for her work have made her an integral part of the Maiden Castle House family.

They say that what sets Alison apart is not just her impressive tenure but her consistent dedication to her role.

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She has adhered to the same shift pattern throughout her entire career, 'showcasing her reliability and commitment to maintaining the highest standards of care for the residents at Maiden Castle House'.

Alison is well known for her efficiency around the home with her trusty cleaning trolley - which is a mobile source of positivity, complete with music that accompanies her on her daily rounds.

Incorporated into Alison’s routine are familiar elements, providing a sense of comfort to those in her presence.

Ash Smith, home manager at Maiden Castle House, added: “Alison’s dedication and positive spirit have been a cornerstone of Maiden Castle House for over three decades.

"Her commitment to her role and the well-being of residents is truly commendable. We are proud to have her as part of the team and look forward to many more years of working together.”

Maiden Castle House care home in Dorchester accommodates 66 residents and is part of Care South, a not-for-profit charity and leading provider of residential and home care across the south of England.