Sheffield woman of steel unveils new care home

Open: Ruby Gascoigne, home manager Jill Wall, chair of governors Mike Pestereff with staff and residents.
Open: Ruby Gascoigne, home manager Jill Wall, chair of governors Mike Pestereff with staff and residents.
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WOMAN of Steel Ruby Gascoigne was guest of honour at the unveiling of a new nursing home.

The 89-year-old, who campaigned for recognition for the women who worked in Sheffield’s steelworks during World War Two, cut the ribbon at a ceremony to mark the opening of Broomgrove Nursing Home in Ecclesall, Sheffield.

Ruby, whose life story has inspired the book A Woman of Steel, met with residents of the new facility - the city’s only care home with charitable status.

The ceremony marked the completion of redevelopment plans, which were finished five years before the original projected date.

Jill Wall, manager of Broomgrove Nursing Home, said: “Many of our residents lived through World War Two and have been very interested in the Women of Steel campaign.

“We’ve also got our own Woman of Steel - a resident who worked in the steel mills - who enjoyed meeting Ruby and swapping stories.”