El­derly start new year with a boost

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR PICTURES -

EL­DERLY res­i­dents have been given a cash boost for days out.

Cheshire East Coun­cil has handed over £1,000 to St Cle­ment’s Court res­i­den­tial home as part of its Give­back scheme.

The money will be used to help pro­vide trips out and so­cial con­tact to help im­prove res­i­dents’ qual­ity of life.

Coun­cil­lor David Brown, the deputy leader of Cheshire East, vis­ited the res­i­den­tial home on Hob­son Street, which is run by non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion Al­pha Homes, and shared a cup of tea with the res­i­dents.

He said: “It gave me great plea­sure to visit St Cle­ment’s Court and present the cheque for £1,000.

“We’ve re­cently been able to award a num­ber of grants for a wide range of com­mu­nity causes – but this one is a bit dif­fer­ent.

“This is a grant from the Cheshire East Give­back scheme, to help fund a range of ac­tiv­i­ties for the res­i­dents at St Cle­ments, and so pro­vide a bet­ter qual­ity of life to some el­derly peo­ple in our com­mu­nity – en­sur­ing that they get proper so­cial con­tact, and some trips out. Cer­tainly, from the warm re­cep­tion I re­ceived when I ar­rived, every­body is gen­uinely ap­pre­cia­tive of the support.

“Res­i­dents are happy and the staff are clearly do­ing a great job. I am sure that this fund­ing will be well utilised.”

House man­ager Gill Bas­sett said: “We are re­ally grate­ful for this grant from Cheshire East be­cause it will have such a pos­i­tive im­pact on the lives of our res­i­dents – en­abling us to or­gan­ise more days out as well as other ac­tiv­i­ties to en­rich their lives.”

Res­i­dent Sue Reed added: “The staff here are ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic.

“Our house man­ager, Gill, is the best we’ve ever had and, like­wise, Sue Hamp­son is the best house­keeper we’ve ever had – and we love it here.”

St Cle­ment’s Court in­cludes 28 stu­dio apart­ments and four one-bed­roomed apart­ments.

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