Leonard Cheshire sells 16 care homes to Leeds operator


Leonard Cheshire has completed the sale of 16 of its properties to Leeds-based care home operator Valorum Care.

The disability charity said the sale secures a positive long-term future for the homes, with Valorum Care committed to significant investment at the services.

Valorum Care has now taken over the day-to-day management of the services, Leonard Cheshire said, with residents continuing to receive care from the same team.

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The services that have now transferred are Alne Hall, Beechwood, Champion House, Douglas House, Freshfields, Green Gables, Holme Lodge, James Burns House, John Masefield House, Kenmore, Marske Hall, Mickley Hall, Oaklands, St. Anthony’s, The Grange and Westmead.

A further Leonard Cheshire service, White Windows is also set to transfer to Valorum Care, after re-inspection by the Care Quality Commission takes place.

Leonard Cheshire announced that the properties would be put up for sale in January, stating that it had ambitions to reach “significantly more” disabled people.

A spokesperson from the charity said: “To make this ambition a reality we have had to make some difficult decisions about some of our services,” the spokesperson said.

“A small minority of our properties are not in the right places with easy access to community amenities and with scope to grow. Other providers are better placed to make long-term investment in these services.

“There is huge unmet need across the country in the support that is available to enable disabled people to live as independently as possible, whatever their ability. Leonard Cheshire must be at the heart of building a more inclusive society.”

All funds raised from the sale are due to be invested in the provision of UK community, residential and outreach services.

Leonard Cheshire CEO Neil Heslop said: “I would firstly like to thank staff at these services for their immense professionalism and commitment throughout the sale.

“I am pleased that we have now ensured the long-term future of the services and continuity of care for residents from staff they know. This was always our priority. Throughout the sale we have felt a deep sense of responsibility to the people living with us and the staff who provided support.

“The sale will result in the kind of investment at the services that we as a charity could not justify. Funds raised from the sale will be invested by Leonard Cheshire to increase the difference we make to disabled people’s lives and widen the range of support we offer in communities across the UK.”

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