Former Kandahar Home plumber now a resident

George Groombridge is comfortable back at Kandahar Home.

George Groombridge says he is “thrilled” to be a resident at Enliven’s Kandahar Home.

His connection with the home in Lansdowne goes back many decades, as he worked there for close to 15 years as its plumber.

“I’m thrilled to be here because I could see the potential way, way back in the day,” George reflects.

“What appealed to me about Kandahar Home was it was for the people, it’s in the community and it has great access.”

George, a long-time Masterton resident, former politician and Queen’s Service Medal recipient, has multiple connections with Kandahar Home.

His father Charlie and brother Neil both sat on the board of the home. Charlie, who was also a plumber, would sometimes help George out with particularly large jobs that needed to be done on the property.

“One job involved fitting a very expensive heating systems to go through both the new wings,” George remembers.

There were several Christmas parties where George took on the important job of playing Father Christmas – although he says the residents were never fooled by the costume.

“The joke about the whole thing was when it came time to wrap up, instead of saying ‘thank you Father Christmas’ they’d say, ‘thank you George’!”

He says when it came time to move into a rest home, there was no other option in his view than to return to Kandahar Home.

“The staff have always been topflight. They have worked very hard to take a great interest in the running and working of Kandahar Home.”

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