Exning Court front exterior


Jock and his delivery trolley are a familiar sight to all the staff and residents at Exning Court retirement service near Newmarket in Suffolk. The 94-year-old has lived independently in his own apartment at the service since 2014.

Hector Macaskill, known as Jock, smiles while walking through a doorway

As Jock is very independent and likes to keep fit and active, he began helping his neighbours by delivering their newspapers from reception to their apartment doors.

Recently, he even received a personalised ‘delivery man’ name badge, as a sign of appreciation for his dedication to the role. 

During the 2020 lockdowns due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and with many residents shielding, Jock extended his delivery service to include activity quiz books, which were created by the service’s Wellbeing and Inclusion team, and bread and milk, which was appreciated by everyone.

Aside from his delivery round, Jock enjoys meeting up with his neighbours who gather in the Peacock activity lounge, as well as eating in the restaurant and occasionally visiting the onsite hairdressers for a trim.

He benefits from assistance from the Sanctuary Retirement Living care and support team, who are onsite 24 hours a day. The team support Jock with medication and personal care, due to being unable to use his right hand. This gives Jock the reassurance that he can live as independently as possible, while knowing someone is always on-hand when needed.

He said: “I’m very comfortable here – there’s plenty of space and I’m thankful for the carers. I know I can press my pendant, and someone is always in the building if I need any help.“Exning Court is now a home for me and I’ve made many new friends over the years”.

Before moving into Exning Court, Jock lived nearby in the village itself, where he has a lot of friends from his time babysitting. He also enjoys visiting the local pub when restrictions allow, which he refers to as ‘going to church’. His family, including his daughter, visit him regularly and take him out to medical appointments, as well as joining him at ‘church’.

Situated in the leafy rural village of Exning, near Newmarket, Exning Court provides one or two-bedroom apartments and communal facilities for over 55s. Residents can enjoy lunch in the in-house Taste restaurant seven days a week and take part in a range of activities from quizzes and exercise classes, to arts and crafts and gardening.

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