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Solihull older people scheme hits landmark anniversary

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Bromford Support, which provides specialist support to a range of communities across the Midlands, is celebrating 20 years of supporting over 55’s at it’s Newholme Gardens scheme in Solihull.

Watch the video release or scroll down to read about the celebrations.

The sheltered scheme, based on New Road, was opened on the 19th April 1993 to provide independent living to older people in the area. To celebrate the double decade milestone, Bromford will be hosting a special celebration at the scheme on the 26th April.

The event will be officially opened by Mayor Cllr Ken Hawkins at 1pm with the unveiling of a new commemorative plaque at the scheme. The day will also see an eclectic mix of entertainment and activities including performances from an Elvis impersonator, a visiting herd of ponies and a dancing dog.

The day will also be packed with a host of special visitors including West Midlands Fire Service, who are providing an engine visitors can get hands on with, as well as a team from the RNLI.  Local MPs and Councilors will also be attending, with the neighborhood police team running their own presentation.

Residents of the scheme are also hoping to raise money for Help for Heroes in a special raffle, with the top prize donated by the NEC Group; a 5* holiday to Marrakesh. Representatives from the Help for Heroes charity will also be in attendance to receive the raffle donations.

Helen Horsfall, Service Manager for Bromford Support Solihull, has been organising the event and hopes it’ll be a roaring success for all involved. She said, “I’ve got everything crossed the day will be a fantastic celebration of what we’ve done at Newholme Gardens. For the past 20 years we have helped older people gain independence, and it’s nice that residents have got so involved in marking the occasion, and even putting in extra effort to raise money for Help for Heroes.

“The event is open to the whole community and it’s been great that so many local people and organisations have wanted to get involved. I’d like to thank the NEC Group for donating our amazing raffle prize, and Solihull SUSTAiN for organising the raffle.

87 year-old Ray Maries, who has lived at the scheme for 8 years, believes the scheme provides security to its residents. He said, “I found a great comradeship and security in being part of the Royal Navy. Since I have lived at Newholme Gardens, I have found that security again.

“The Scheme Manager works hard to provide activities and events, such as weekly activities, but also most importantly events like a service of remembrance, and christmas celebrations, an easter service and lots of get-togethers with music and singing. We also have a forthcoming trip to Portsmouth.”

“I have many memories over my life time, and Newholme Gardens is providing many more for me even now.”

Mrs Dorothy Batson moved into Newholme Gardens when it first opened in 1993, and at 89 says she is still enjoying the peace and tranquility of living at Newholme Gardens. “I’ve always been fortunate with good neighbours and the lovely gardens to enjoy. I can honestly say when I come in and close the front door, I still think how lucky I am to live here.”

You can view more photos from the day here.