Paralympian opens specialist housing schemeBy Jon Nurse
May 15, 2012
A Paralympic gold medallist cut the ribbon to open new specialist housing in Wokingham.
Helene Raynsford, a rowing gold medallist in the Beijing Paralympics in 2008, opened the new Housing 21 scheme for people with dementia and adults with learning disabilities on April 27.
The £3.8 million scheme at Beeches Manor in Reading Road will provide 26 purpose-built rented apartments – 18 for people with dementia on the ground floor and eight for people with learning disabilities on the first floor.
The Paralympian, who is locality public health lead at NHS Berkshire West, said: “I am very honoured to be asked to open Beeches Manor.
“With appropriate housing those with dementia and learning disabilities can have a safe and supported, where needed, place to call home and enjoy an active engagement with the wider community.
“I’m looking forward to meeting the new residents.”
The apartments are designed for independent living clustered around two central courtyards.
The project, a Wokingham Borough Council initiative, has received £1.8 million investment from the Homes and Communities Agency.