School Children Name Care Home Suites After Their Local Heroes

It’s All In A Name As Sutton Coldfield Pupils Lend A Helping Hand To Local Care Home


A local primary school has named the suites at a new care home in Sutton Coldfield.

Pupils from Hollyfield Primary School took part in a competition to name the three suites at Care UK’s Mercia Grange on Lichfield Road.

The children put their heads together to come up with a list of names that have cultural or historical significance to them and Sutton. These were then whittled down to a top three by the Care UK team.

Now when Mercia Grange opens early this year, it will have suites named after the three local heroes.

Wilson, Sixsmith, Jerrard

The Wilson Suite is named after William Wilson, who designed and worked on many of the iconic buildings in and around Sutton Coldfield in the 17th century.

Sporting legend and GB Hockey player Jane Sixsmith provided the inspiration for the Sixsmith Suite.

A hero of a different kind provided the name for the Jerrard Suite which commemorates flight Lieutenant Alan Jerrard. The WWI veteran from Sutton Coldfield received the Victoria Cross medal for his bravery.

Care UK presented the winning children with individual book tokens as a thank you for all their hard work.

Mercia Grange home manager, Kevin Allen, said:

“As we gear up to welcome the first residents to the home early next year, the all-important naming of the suites within the care home is a priority, and we thought. This presented an excellent opportunity to work with Hollyfield Primary School again, after they did such a fantastic job creating artwork for our hoardings which surround the site.

“The ideas the pupils put forward were all of a very high quality, and we’re really pleased with the chosen four names.”

Mrs Dhaliwal, Year 3 class teacher at the school, added:

“We were thrilled when Care UK asked to work with us again on this exciting new venture here in Sutton Coldfield. The children had a great time researching local history, and thinking of notable people and events, to help them come up with three great suite names.”

Designed to enable its residents to live active and fulfilled lives, the new care home will feature 67 ensuite bedrooms. Aiming to enable its residents to live active and fulfilled lives, the care home will incorporate space for hobby and leisure activities. There will also be a cinema, hairdressing salon and café.

For more information about Mercia Grange please contact customer relations manager Rachel MacKay on 0121 314 7849 or email, You’ll also find their website at

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