Long-time Nightingale chief is to stand down

May 13, 2013

Nightingale Hammerson chief executive Leon Smith will step down at the end of 2013 after more than 40 years with the care home charity. He will become an external ambassador for Nightingale.


How Nightingale inspired 'Marigold Hotel'

November 8, 2012

Author and screenwriter Deborah Moggach has told Nightingale supporters that visits to the south London home had inspired her to write a novel about the elderly, These Foolish Things — on which the hit movie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, was based.


Care chiefs press Cameron over welfare reform delays

By Jessica Elgot, May 10, 2012

Fundamental reforms to address a crisis in the care of the elderly have been delayed again, despite pleas from charity chiefs.

The Jewish Care and Nightingale Hammerson chief executives, Simon Morris and Leon Smith, were among the 78 signatories of a letter to David Cameron this week, calling on him to urgently address "the devastating impact of years of failure to reform".

The letter contin


Nightingale merger formalised

May 3, 2012

The merger of the Nightingale and Hammerson care homes was formalised on Monday.


Duncan Smith keeps £1m Nightingale dinner date

By Barry Toberman, November 10, 2011

With a little help from his hosts, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith managed to fulfil his speaking engagement at Nightingale's key fundraiser and an event with David Cameron on the same night.


Charles sings the praises of Nightingale

By Jessica Elgot, July 7, 2011

Opening the Wohl Wing at Nightingale on Wednesday, the Prince of Wales was so impressed by the home's care for the elderly that he said he was "booking early to avoid disappointment".


Sainbury's boss gets the Nightingale tills ringing

April 21, 2011

Nightingale supporters gathered at a London West End venue to check out the reasons behind the success of Sainsbury's.

Addressing the inaugural Young Nightingale business lunch, company chairman David Tyler discussed the fundamentals in running a major supermarket chain - customer service, good quality products and competitive prices. Sainsbury's earns £60 million on an average day.


Nightingale in the money

April 21, 2011

The contingent running for south London care home Nightingale included Sam Vickers (4:50), whose mother Marion Davids is a Nightingale resident. "The atmosphere was incredible and along with the many family and friends there, the crowds cheered me through every mile," he said. "I feel so proud of my achievement and the money I raised for Nightingale.


How to cater for 200 at Pesach? Ask Nightingale

By Jessica Elgot, April 14, 2011

Nearly 25 kilos of matzah meal, more than 650 boxes of matzah, 6,000 eggs and 180 bottles of Palwin No 10 will help feed 200 Nightingale residents in what chief executive Leon Smith believes is "the biggest Pesach operation in the country".


Dementia charity appeal

September 7, 2010

The Rosh Hashanah appeal of Nightingale, the UK's largest care home, focuses on the needs of the growing number of residents with dementia.

Two-thirds of residents at the south London establishment are dementia sufferers, a figure in line with the national trend. Nightingale provides training for dementia nurses and specialist equipment residents can use on a daily basis.