Catherine Dalley House staff ‘second to none’ say Melton sisters who are urging people to show their support for keeping care home open

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Two sisters are urging Meltonians to lobby MP the Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan, start up or sign petitions and voice their objections to County Hall as part of a final push to keep the town’s Catherine Dalley House care home open.

Denise and Sally Randall’s mum, Mary Pacey (91), was cared for at the Scalford Road home for three years. Mary sadly died there on July 21 but her daughters said the care provided by all of the Catherine Dalley staff was ‘the best she could have ever had.”

Denise, of Brook Lane, Melton, said: “Mum was really happy there and the staff are second to none. They do everything for the residents. They put on Christmas parties every year, birthday parties, Easter bonnet parades and so much more.

“The staff cared so much about our mum and were crying when she died. We spent her last three days with her there. The staff put mattresses on the floor for us and gave us bedding, food and cups of tea. We can’t thank them enough.

“If I ever had to go into a home that’s where I’d want to go and be looked after by those sort of people.

“The county council is saying the home isn’t cost-effective but if the people of Melton got together and just gave a £1 each, surely that would enable it to be brought back up to standards instead of all the staff having to be made redundant.”

Denise’s sister, Sally, of Conway Drive, Melton, added: “It’s an absolutely fantastic place. The people there bend over backwards for you. They even made a photo album of our mum which they gave us after she died. Some of the staff have been there for 20 odd years, it would be such a huge shame if it closed.”

You can let Mr Duncan know what you think about the council’s proposals to close Catherine Dalley by emailing him at

To take part in the county council’s consultation visit or to request a paper copy of the document call (0116) 305 4699. The council’s deadline for responses is September 21.