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  • Skem retirement development strikes gold in national awards scheme

    Henry James

    A RETIREMENT housing development in Skelmersdale has struck ‘gold’ in a national awards scheme.

    Anchor Hanover’s Thanet scheme, situated just off Halfmile Island and near to Tawd Valley Park, won a Gold award at the Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC) Awards held at The Sheridan Suite, Manchester.

    It was one of just 27 providers out of more than 25,000 developments to take the top prize.

    A spokesman for Anchor Hanover said the award was largely thanks to the local housing team’s commitment to improving health and wellbeing and tackling isolation and loneliness of residents.

    He added that over the years, the scheme has been a hub for the community with a number of initiatives including some residents being trained by the estate manager to become Citizens Advice advisors.

    The estate also has regular GP and nurse visits and will shortly be unveiling a community defibrillator.

    Launched in 2010, the EAC Awards aim to recognise retirement housing developments which are best in their field and to help shape the future of housing in later life through engaging with residents, staff, visitors and volunteers who voted for their favourite development.

    Thanet resident, 72-year-old Sandra Pye said: “I was delighted to hear that Thanet has won the award. Since moving in I have found the staff to be so helpful. I love taking walks in the beautifully landscaped garden and I am even considering trying out some Yoga.”

    Estate manager for Thanet, Christine Ditchfield, added: “Having worked here since 2010 we’re thrilled to have won this award, it is testament that staff, residents and visitors are proud of Thanet and the community services it provides.”


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