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Residents celebrate 40 year anniversary of their home

Residents celebrate 40 year anniversary of their home

by Tom Martin (September 2021)

RESIDENTS from an over 55s sheltered scheme inOrmskirk have enjoyed a special party to mark the 40th anniversary of the accommodation.

The celebration at Ellerbrook House, on County Road, which is run by Northwest Housing Group, Torus, had been delayed from the summer due to the pandemic.

It saw 26 residents and their guests getting together to enjoy an afternoon of fun and activities.

Entertainment was provided by Gerry, a friend of a resident and Betty, who sang and danced her way through the afternoon, encouraging others to join in.

One of the residents, Keith, 75, said: “Moving here six years ago was the best thing I have ever done, I now have lots of company and many good friends.” 

The party, which was funded by ‘The Residents Committee’ was originally planned to be in the enclosed communal garden, using the recently purchased new garden furniture from a grant the residents applied for through Torus’s charitable arm, Torus Foundation, was moved inside due to the weather, but residents are looking forward to putting it to good use in the future.

Scheme Manager (Torus Support Network), Julie Yates, said: “It’s been a hard time for residents, the pandemic has meant a lot of people have felt isolated and frightened. 

“Fortunately, during the lockdowns, we were made key workers and remained on-site to keep residents safe and keep up spirits.

“It was lovely for them to have something to plan, look forward to and most of all have a fantastic time, together and with their families.  We are looking forward to lots more activities with Torus Foundation and fun times as things start to return to normal.”

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