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Thomas, from Snodland, who ‘lives and breathes’ Britain’s historic palaces and castles was among the guests at our prestigious care industry reception at the House of Lords.

Thomas, who lives at Hedera House supported living service, was invited to take part in the organisation’s Pursuing Excellence in Person-centred Care event hosted by The Viscount Bridgeman.

The function, aimed at raising the profile of person-centred care, brought together 150 key people involved in all aspects of care, to discuss the need to change, develop and adapt.

For Thomas, who has autism, the chance to visit the Palace of Westminster was a dream come true. He said: “For someone who loves history, it is really interesting to look inside this amazing palace.”

Thomas travelled to the event with support worker Paul finding time to take some photographs of Buckingham Palace on the way from where the Queen’s Royal Standard was flying.

Added Thomas: “This is the official flag of the reigning British sovereign and it meant the Queen was in residence.”

He also took photographs of his historical hero, Richard the Lionheart, whose statue stands directly outside the House of Lords.

The event was held in the Cholmondeley Room, the palace’s most sought-after function room, allowing guests the chance to walk on to the Terrace and view the Thames.

Said Hedera House team manager Asha: “Thomas is a real success story. He has improved immeasurably since he first came here. This, coupled with his fascination with British history, is why I put him forward for the House of Lords event.”

When he is not visiting historic homes and castles, Thomas has a part-time job at Leybourne Grange stables in West Malling, where he cleans, feeds and grooms the horses.

Thomas moved to Hedera House six years ago, and studied animal care at Princess Christians Farm College in Hildenborough.

He is now planning a visit to nearby Leeds Castle where he has tickets for its up-coming Grand Medieval Joust event.

Regard is the UK’s fourth largest, private organisation providing supported living and residential services for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and acquired brain injury.

Although Hedera House currently has no vacancies Regard will soon be opening a new service called Blue Cottage in Sittingbourne, Kent, about which further information is available from Theresa Cook, referrals manager, on 07812 072 043.

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Specialism: Adults who have a learning disability, and the home specialises in dual diagnosis.Details of Vacancy: NoneType of Service: Supported LivingAge Range: 18

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The service is able to support individuals from the age of 17 as part of a transitional model of support we promote at Regard. In each