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Reprieve for care homes

PUBLISHED: 19:00 29 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:36 03 March 2010

TWO Felixstowe charity care homes for the elderly have been saved from closure after merging with similarly-run homes in Ipswich.

The Abbeyfield properties in Orwell Road had been facing a severe shortage of volunteers willing to become trustees of the homes.

TWO Felixstowe charity care homes for the elderly have been saved from closure after merging with similarly-run homes in Ipswich.

The Abbeyfield properties in Orwell Road had been facing a severe shortage of volunteers willing to become trustees of the homes.

This led to discussions about closure of the homes, which jointly care for 12 residents and have resident staff to look after them.

Now though their future is safe again after it was agreed that the Abbeyfield Felixstowe Society Ltd should merge with the Abbeyfield Ipswich Society.

The merger with the Ipswich group, which also has two houses, means the charity can continue to offer quality care in Felixstowe.

Temporary trustees were appointed to see through the merger, under the chairmanship of Michael Matthews from the Rotary Club of Felixstowe.

A celebration party was held to mark the new management arrangements and past volunteers joined residents, staff and current trustees to hear the plans for the future.

Three past chairman also attended, including Douglas Maule, who, while president of the Rotary Club of Felixstowe, helped set up the first Abbeyfield house in the town in 1965. He became chairman of trustees for 20 years.

"I was pleased to establish the society in Felixstowe and I am delighted that its future in the town is now certain," said Mr Maule.

There are almost 900 houses throughout the UK run by around 600 Abbeyfield societies, managed by groups of local volunteers.

More than 15,000 volunteers give their time on behalf of residents, ensuring that each feels at home and supported.

Abbeyfield at Felixstowe occasionally has vacancies and information on these can be obtained on 01394 286528.

WEBLINK: www.abbeyfield.com

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