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Retirement after 47 years at Caritas Anchor House

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Retirement after 47 years at Caritas Anchor House

29th November 2019
Today marks the beginning of retirement for Terry Riordan, our longest-serving colleague!

Terry has been a part of the family at Caritas Anchor House for an incredible 47 years! In that time, he has maintained the building here, and overseen our many developments over the years, from the seafarers’ mission of the past to the modern accommodation and support service it is today.

“Caritas Anchor House has given me as much as over the last 47 years as I have given it. I have seen many changes and people come and go, but the charity has been a huge part of my life and I have made life-long friends in my time here,” said Terry.

He has a great rapport with the residents, many of whom have seen him as a role model and were keen to volunteer in the maintenance department. In some cases, the hands-on and teamwork skills that Terry has shared has enabled residents to go on to secure jobs in the fields of maintenance, facilities and in DIY stores.

John Lowery, Caritas Anchor House, Director of Frontline Services said, “It is so unusual in a modern-day workplace for someone to have worked in one place for so long. Terry has shown so much loyalty to the charity and dedication in maintaining the fabric of the building. We wish him a wonderful retirement. As one door closes, other opens and I am very pleased to be introducing our new Facilities Manager, Peter Hayter.”

Caritas Anchor House organised a leaving party to honour Terry after almost half a century of service. We will certainly miss Terry sharing his stories and his loveable personality, and his huge contributions and dedication to the charity will be forever remembered and valued. We wish him all the best in his retirement!

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