Abbeyfield Society receives £100,000 windfall

Pictured presenting the cheque to house manager Lorraine Richardson is chairman of trustees Ray Flanigan, along with Craig Aitchison of Smith & Williamson (front centre), Luc Harvengt of Abbeyfield, Gill Hughes of Careways, Lilian Birchall and Jacqui Swindells of Abbeyfield, resident Bob Cunnington, Barrie Seaman and Patricia Pyle of Careways.

Staff and residents at Abbeyfield Ferring Society, part of the Abbeyfield network, are celebrating after receiving a £100,000 windfall.

The society in Sussex, which provides specialist residential and home care for the elderly, was given the donation by accountancy, investment management and tax group Smith & Williamson following the solvent liquidation of care home and sheltered accommodation provider Careways Trust.

Abbeyfield Ferring chief operating officer Jacqui Swindells said: “We are delighted to receive such a large donation which will enable us to continue our work to help people live independent lives with help available when needed.”

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The funds, which come from surplus money held by the Trust after its creditors had been paid in full, is being used for a new kitchen and redesigned garden area at the society’s Old School House supported living development in Ferring.

The not-for-profit society was founded in 1980 by the late Bill Cornwell and his wife Joan to provide high standards of help at home, and supported living and residential care for the older residents of Ferring and surrounding area.

It is a member of the Abbeyfield Society, which has more than 9,500 people in 720 houses worldwide.

A second donation, of £400,000, was given by Careways Trust to Dementia UK and will fund 16 new Admiral Nurses.

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