Wasn't it great. Made me and D really, really laugh in a wonderful happy way. I loved the unbridled enthusiasm. Made me cry too as any glimpse into the future like that makes me fear for DD1 and hope her speech is ok and hope she finds love and hope she's happy and can be as independant as she'd liket o be etc etc.
They didn't really explain on the programme how it was set up but there was a piece in one of the sunday papers about it. One of the ladies had a background in hotels (including Savoy) but in her 40s moved into elderly care. She enjoyed the care but couldn't cope with people dying and wanted to do something that involved helping people to improve their lives. The idea for Foxes was born when she came across a tiny cafe in a college in Bridgewater that was staffed by people with learning difficulties, "I peeped into the kitchen and saw all these people with Down's syndrome running around with knives. It looked like utter chaos but the seed was planted". She and her friend discussed it in the pub and decided as they'd both recently divorced they should do something different. They found Foxes (open but a dilapidated heap), sold everything they owned and borrowed money from their families. The next three years they spent renovating the hotel as well as doing courses on social care management and a Mencap course and presenting their plan to social services. They staffed the hotel with people who were qualified in hotel work but also willing to be tutors. They will only take students who will truly benefit from the course so they have a week-long assessment where they have to demonstrate communication skills, literacy, numeracy and a willingness to learn.
Maybe Im tooooooo sensitive, but am I the only person who was annoyed at the fact it was called the Strangest Hotel in Britian! I dont think that this title helped the cause in anyway......
There was nothing strange about the place or the people, it was a wonderful teaching environment.