£7m chil­dren’s home opens

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY JOSH JACKMAN

A LONG-PLANNED Ortho­dox care home in Stam­ford Hill has wel­comed its first res­i­dent, an 11-year-old boy.

The Bayis Sheli res­i­den­tial and respite fa­cil­ity in Stam­ford Hill took in the boy on Tues­day. The hope is to ac­com­mo­date hun­dreds of chil­dren with mod­er­ate-to-se­vere spe­cial needs from through­out Bri­tain ev­ery year, par­tic­u­larly through the respite el­e­ment.

Ini­tially ex­pected to open in 2012, the £7 mil­lion home was de­layed through fund­ing is­sues.

Bayis Sheli co-founder Leah Stern — whose late daugh­ter, Yitty, was born se­verely dis­abled — was “very ex­cited that we’re fi­nally get­ting to where we want to be. Other par­ents shouldn’t have to go through what I went through.”

A num­ber of re­quests have been re­ceived for ac­com­mo­da­tion at the 24-bed home, where communal fa­cil­i­ties in­clude play and sen­sory rooms and a hy­drother­apy pool.

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