Local heroes honoured at Juniper House ceremony

Juniper House care home opens in Brackley.From the left,Mike Parsons,Barchester chief executive,Jane Tombleson,manager,Delia Davies,local hero and Private Alex Stringer,local hero.'120229M-B053

Juniper House care home opens in Brackley.From the left,Mike Parsons,Barchester chief executive,Jane Tombleson,manager,Delia Davies,local hero and Private Alex Stringer,local hero.'120229M-B053

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A SOLDIER from Bicester’s 23 Pioneer Regiment was chosen as one of two local heroes to open the new Juniper House Care Home in Brackley on Wednesday.

Private Alex Stringer, who featured in a recent BBC documentary, was nominated for bravery and service to his country.

The second local hero was Delia Davies, who spent more than 20 years working with people with mental health needs in the Brackley and Towcester area.

Since her retirement, Mrs Davies continues to help local people, and has established a support network for former clients.

Jane Tombleson, manager of Juniper House, said: “We had a huge turnout, with lots of people we’ve met in the local community.

“We had our board members from London, including our chief executive, and Major Battersby of 23 Pioneer Regiment made a really nice speech.”

Private Stringer lost three limbs when he was caught in the blast from an improvised bomb in Afghanistan in January last year. He featured in the two-part BBC documentary The Bomb Squad in September.

The new care home in Candleford Close will provide residental and nursing care to the elderly, including people with dementia illnesses.