Shropshire

Former owner of nursing home donates £250K

A charity which owned a Shropshire nursing home has agreed to provide £250,000 in recognition of money raised by a community to save the home.

Residents at the Lady Forester home in Much Wenlock were told it may be forced to shut, but The ExtraCare Charitable Trust has now sold it to English Care.

The ExtraCare trust agreed to give £250,000 for the council to manage.

The town council said it was expected a fund would be set up to ensure that cash was used to benefit the community.

The trust formally sold the home to English Care on 1 October.

'Under pressure'

Residents had previously been told the home may be forced to close due to rising debt and maintenance costs.

The ExtraCare Charitable Trust had said it had been running the Lady Forester home and Sheltered Housing Scheme in Much Wenlock at a loss.

Councillor David Turner, who headed a working group to save the home when it was under threat of closure, said: "The details of how the fund will be run - and precisely for whose benefit - are yet to be finalised.

"What I can say for certain is that it will be for the deserving elderly in Much Wenlock.

"This is a significant and hugely welcome sum of money, and we are very grateful to The ExtraCare Charitable Trust.

"I have no doubt that it will be appreciated by the people of Much Wenlock, not only for the practical help it will give, but also as a gesture at a time when the economy is under pressure."

Nick Abbey, chief executive of The ExtraCare Charitable Trust, said: "I am delighted our Trustees agreed to make this gift to Much Wenlock.

"We value the help we have received over many years from local people and were keen to put something back into the town."

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