Mary and Wray Nelson opened Alexandra Court many years ago and named it after their only daughter’s middle name.

Mary was a former nurse who worked at St Gemma’s Hospice in Leeds for many years before becoming a social worker for Leeds City Council. Mary worked in Adult Social Care and was saddened by the low standards of care homes available at that time. It had always been a dream of hers to open a residential care home for the elderly, with high standards of care that welcomed elderly people from all classes and backgrounds.


With a lot of financial and manual help from family and friends and with Wray by her side to manage the difficult task of converting a normal house into a residential home, Alexandra Court was finally opened in 1992 after much heartache, hard work and sleepless nights.

Sadly in 1998 Mary died of cancer at the age of 50 leaving Wray to continue to live out her dream and ensure Mary’s high standards were upheld. With the help of Mary’s sister Margaret, who took over the financial side of the business, and the employment of our superb Care Manager Jacinta; Wray ensured that Alexandra Court went from strength to strength. Jacinta has now left us after 16 years but we will continue to remember her and hope she visits us regularly.

Margaret retired in 2008 followed by Wray in 2011 leaving his daughter Marilouise to ensure that her mum’s spirit, high standards and values continue to live on in Alexandra Court.

Marilouise continues to be supported by Wray along with her brothers Dominic and Andrew making Alexandra Court a true family business.

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