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28/09/2021

‘Rosie’s Room’ opens at local care home in memory of popular Derry woman

A special room dedicated to memory of a much-loved Derry woman who passed away earlier this year has been opened at the care home in the city. Rosie Harkin, from the Bishop Street area, was a much-loved Care Assistant at the William Street Residential Home, and also worked at Altnagelvin Hospital’s Emergency Department. She passed away after a short illness in February of this year. On Wednesday, members of Rosie’s family joined with residents at the home to watch her grandchild perform the ribbon cutting for the official opening of ‘Rosie’s Room’, a space dedicated to her memory. Prior to the opening, staff and residents at William Street worked for months decorating and sourcing items to suit the 1940’s style room. Speaking about the idea, Moia Irvine, Manager of the home, said the new room not only honour’s Rosie’s memory, but also gives residents the opportunity to step back into an era they grew up in. “We wanted a space for our residents where they could reminisce back to their heyday, we also wanted a place to remember our colleague and friend, Rosie,” she said. “From there embarked on redesigning a spare room, looking around for old bits and pieces in charity shops across the town and at car boot sales. “We are so delighted with the finished product, it’s simply beautiful.” She added: “We have the flying birds on the wall and even a working gramophone. “Being in the room is like taking a step back in time.” Moia continued: “We celebrated the opening of the room with an afternoon tea and 1940’s entertainment with all our residents. “It was really special for us that Rosie’s family joined us to see the room and to remember Rosie together with us.”

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