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Care worker at The Royal Star & Garter retires after 45 years

The Royal Star & Garter Homes has bid farewell to its longest serving member of staff.

Health Care Assistant Barry Maunder, of Richmond, has retired after 45 years working with the charity, which cares for ex-Servicemen and women and their partners living with disability or dementia.

The 65-year-old completed his final shift at the home in Surbiton last week and was given a rousing send-off with a leaving party on Friday, February 15.

Barry first joined The Royal Star & Garter Homes in 1974, aged 19, working at the iconic Richmond Home. During his time with the Charity, he has accompanied residents to the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, Buckingham Palace and on holidays.

He has met members of royalty and also famed neurosurgeon Dr Ludwig Guttmann, who launched the forerunner to the Paralympic Games in 1948 with an archery competition between disabled men at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and the Star & Garter team.

In January dozens of Charity staff were recognised at a Long Service Awards at the Surbiton Home. The Charity is proud that so many people have spent a significant part of their working lives with The Royal Star & Garter Homes, and hopes it reflects well on the way it values staff.

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