Our residents at Princess Christian Care Home were thrilled and inspired by a surprise visit from this year’s recently crowned Miss Surrey on Tuesday 27 July.
19-year-old Dhwani Kothari, from Woking, Surrey, toured the grounds of our Home, greeting and sharing stories with our residents, while adhering to social distancing protocols.
During her visit, Dhwani, who is now a Miss England finalist, paid homage to the outstanding care delivered by all our team at Princess Christian.
Dhwani, a carer and medical student, was born in Mumbai, India, and moved to Surrey with her mother aged six. From the age of eight, Dhwani became a carer for her mum, Etka, after she was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
Since then, she has become increasingly engaged with the condition and with medicine more generally, taking up a place at the University of Leicester to study medical science with dreams of becoming an NHS doctor.
Dhwani’s unwavering devotion to social care has extended well beyond her family, having taken up an enduring interest in connecting with the community’s local residents. She made it her personal mission to gain an insight into all of those residing at our Home, trading tales and showing them her crown and dress provided by Pamela Jane Bridal Boutique in nearby Camberley, before exchanging smiles in some heart-warming photographs. Etka, who is now cancer-free, joined her daughter on the surprise visit along with her son, Jai.
Activities Manager Christine commented;
“We were delighted to welcome Dhwani to Princess Christian to meet our residents and show them her winning crown, with some even getting to try it on. She was kind enough to spend her day chatting with residents and sharing stories of her recent triumph, which they all really appreciated. Having spent time caring for her mother, Dhwani understood how to connect with our residents on a meaningful level which was wonderful to see. We wish her all the best in the Miss England final!”
Those wishing to vote for Dhwani (contestant number 10) in the Miss England final, ahead of the 20 August deadline, can do so here.