Tribute to Derek Underhill

In April this year Fairlie House sadly lost one of its most colourful and much-loved characters, Derek Underhill.

Derek had made Fairlie House his home for the last twelve years and was instantly recognisable with his trademark leather hat and cheeky smile. He participated fully in the life of the home and enjoyed interacting with both staff and his fellow residents.

Derek loved going on an excursion, whether it was a trip to the cinema or maybe the Christmas lights.

derek's posterHe particularly enjoyed trips to Kingston shopping centre or the local shops where he would purchase a whole range of items for his monthly ‘table sale’ in Fairlie House, a regular event looked forward to by residents, visitors and staff where they could buy all sorts of items from hand-cream to sweets. He was our very own ‘Del-boy’.

Derek had his own particular spot just outside the residents dining room and conservatory where he would often sit in his favourite chair listening to his beloved reggae music on the radio or watching the latest blockbuster series on his tablet.

It still seems strange to walk past Derek’s chair and not see his warm smile. He is greatly missed by his family and staff at Fairlie House.

covid-19 update

Following the Statement from the Prime Minister on 23rd March 2020 and the advice from Public Health England, we have taken the difficult decision to close our doors to all visitors until further notice. The only exception to this rule will be essential visits by healthcare professionals.

We are committed to maintaining the health and well-being of our residents, staff members and the wider community and we very much appreciate your cooperation and understanding at this very difficult time.

For further information on COVID-19, we have compiled a list of resources you may find useful here.