Audrey Seaton, 92, lives at Cornwallis Court in Bury St Edmunds. She first moved to the Home in April 2014 and likes to maintain her independence as much as possible, taking part in many of the activities offered at the Home.
Audrey's life history
Audrey was born in Nottingham, where she lived with her mother Elsie, a nurse, her father, an engineer, and her brother and sister. Her bother Robert sadly developed muscular dystrophy and died at the age of 14.
Audrey worked as a bursar for a large boys' school for 17 years until at the age of 43 she decided to do a degree to become a social worker and adoption officer.
Filled with the passion to do good for others, Audrey started an adoption agency for Bedford County Council, a job which she enjoyed a lot.
Audrey says: "I met my husband Jim when I was 16 years old and he was 24. My father did not like him but I loved Jim and got engaged during the war when I was 17 years old.
"My mother gave her permission and so we got married when I was 19. We were blessed with two of the most wonderful sons, Roger and Steven.
"Later, we both moved to a bungalow in Southwell. We travelled all over Europe visiting places like Italy and the many Greek Islands. Jim and I loved classical music concerts.
"We were married for 65 wonderful years; we have four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Family is very important to me, as they inspire the artist in me and I love painting."
Involvement in Freemasonry
"My husband Jim was a Freemason and I knew how much Freemasonry meant to him. He spent 30 - 40 years supporting many causes, which went towards enriching peoples' lives."
Audrey's life at the Home
Audrey likes to maintain her independence as much as possible. Using her motorised wheelchair, she often likes to visit the town or the cathedral, as well as the beautiful botanic gardens in Bury St Edmunds.
Audrey likes to keep in touch with her local church community from St Mary's Church. She enjoys daily activities at the Home and she loves creating art and is a dedicated painter. She also loves meeting people and socialising with other residents and visitors at the Home.
Audrey says: "I enjoy most activities, even if I sometimes prefer to just watch and observe. I like the coffee morning at Cornwallis Court and attend the gardening sessions, which have gained the Home several prizes in the local Bury in Bloom awards. I like attending the ladies' mornings run by local volunteers and of course I love my craft sessions, which help my dexterity."
She says she enjoys life at Cornwallis Court. "The staff are kind and supportive in my daily needs. Living in a care home means you have to adapt to a different kind of life but the Activities Coordinators at Cornwallis Court make life at the Home fun. Moving to a Home is a big step and it helps to make you feel at home when you make friends, get involved, give everything a go and have faith, take your time."