Slough’s older residents boost donations to Haiti earthquake appeal

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A generous donation by residents of an Extra Care housing estate in Slough will help support the Red Cross in providing food, water and healthcare to survivors of the Haiti earthquake.

I can’t remember who originally came up with the idea.

A generous donation by residents of an Extra Care housing estate in Slough will help support the Red Cross in providing food, water and healthcare to survivors of the Haiti earthquake.

Residents of the Pines, Hanover’s latest Extra Care development in Slough presented a cheque for £700 to regional coordinator Anne Huddart today, Thursday 13 July.
The Pines was developed by Hanover, a leading retirement housing provider, in partnership with Slough Borough Council.

The development is designed exclusively for older people. The Pines offers modern properties with state-of-the-art facilities as well as on-site ‘care on demand’ provided by Slough Borough Council.

Margaret Garnish, Treasurer of the Pines Residents’ Committee, said: “We were all very keen to help a worthy cause.

“I can’t remember who originally came up with the idea.” When I heard about the devastation caused by the earth quake we knew we had to help

“We decided the best way to raise the money was to hold a mini fete on the estate. Friends, neighbours and local businesses helped by donating cakes, arts and crafts items and lucky dips. There was even ice cream and burger vans on the day.

“Everyone pulled together on what proved to be a fantastic day.”

Ann Huddart, Red Cross Coordinator, said: “I enjoyed meeting the residents - it’s a lovely estate and a nice little community.

“On behalf of the Red Cross I would like to thank all of the residents for their generosity which will go along way to provide much needed support to the people of Haiti.”

Although the earthquake was 10 months ago and is no longer in the news, vital supplies and donations are still required if you would like any further information about how you can help please contact the Red Cross on 0844 87 100 87.

Extra Care
Extra Care is housing with access to an on-site 24-hour care team. It is NOT residential care.

Extra Care usually features the following facilities: restaurant, communal lounge, an on-site shop, hair salon, and guest rooms

The main benefits of Extra Care developments are that they:

  •          Allow couples with differing care needs to remain living together
  •          Residents have security of tenure – Hanover residents have an assured tenancy, enjoying the same legal housing rights as other housing association tenants. In some cases leases are offered enabling older people to purchase their properties.
  •          A cost-effective and flexible option for older people with low to moderate domiciliary care needs (e.g. help around the home and personal care including help with dressing and washing) – as residents only pay for the care that they need.

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