140 care staff face redundancy as collapse of care charity leaves sixty residents futures uncertain


Ranyard Trust-care industry newsRanyard, a charity with a history of almost 150 years, announced it was going into liquidation last week, leading to the closure of care homes Mulberry and Dowe House, both in Blackheath.

Approximately 140 care home staff are facing redundancy

60 elderly people have just days to move out after a charity’s financial collapse.

A staff member, who did not want to be named, said: “Residents are 80 or 90 years old. There are only a couple of days to move them so they’re concerned they might even die because of the stress of the move.”

Lewisham Council, which has responsibility for many of the residents, has now intervened to make alternative arrangements for them.

Concillor Kevin Bonavia says he wants a full investigation into the collapse. He said “I am shocked by the suddenness of Ranyard’s closure and the real risk that presents for some of our most vulnerable residents.

“I expect a thorough investigation into how Ranyard Trust got into this dire position in due course, but the immediate priority is the welfare of the residents themselves.

“I hope the council’s urgent efforts to provide on going care and alternative accommodation are successful.”

A spokesman for Ranyard Trust said: “Ranyard has been providing care in the area for many years and until recently cared for up to 100 residents.

“The Care Quality Commission inspected the homes last summer and found care quality did not always match modern standards.

“This led the trust to stop admissions into the Homes for a time, while these issues were addressed. The number of residents has gone down and at present there are fewer than 60 residents. The decline in numbers has caused income to fall dramatically.

“The trustees have been taking advice from accountants who have reached the conclusion that the Trust must cease to trade with immediate effect. The trust will now begin a process that will lead to liquidation.”

“Lewisham Council have been very helpful and supportive in managing the closures. An emergency team is looking for homes that match the needs of residents.”


  1. My Partner in unfortunately one of the ex staff at Ranyard. She is a Health Care Assistant. For the last three years she has given her heart and soul to the residents of Ranyard often working anti social hours for the legal minimum wage. She was given no warning that Ranyard was in trouble and received through the post a cursory letter telling her that Ranyard was closing.

    My partner was there till the end coming home with heart breaking stories of the residents sobbing their eyes out at being moved. At the destruction of their community which meant a lot to these frail and vulnerable people

    Ranyard refused to provide any form of reference other than when she commenced employment there. Now she cannot get a job because she has no reference from her previous employer. There is no one to contact at Ranyard.

    I think maybe they made a grammatical error calling it a Care Home. More like a LACK of Care Home or We’re only in it for the money

  2. My mother in law is in one of these two homes being closed down. We are desperately trying to find her s new home the pressure we are getting from some people trying to help is unbelievable. I have just come out of hospital myself and am meant to be relaxing but instead of that we are now rushing around from home to home searching for a good place to take her to. She has been at the ranyard home for 5 years and he’s used all of the money from selling her home to pay for her to live there. £200,000 now she is fully funded and this has happened. One lady told my husband “if you don’t hurry up she will be on a trolley in Lewisham hospital and they will find her a place miles away and you won’t have a say in it” we are at our wits end. Carol Shaw.

    • As the daughter of a former Ranyard at Dowe resident and former Chair of The Friends of Ranyard who raised funds and put on events to enhance the lives of the Ranyard residents I am appalled that despite well documented complaints for the past two years the management have seemed to be almost on a deliberate path of desecration…….
      It is appalling that they are having to relocate these frail people to strange locations – if they can. Some may have to go into hospital if nowhere is found.
      It is a well recognised fact that movement like this will kill them – and not in a kind way.
      The management may not have noticed that the people in their “Care” are real and human – but they didn’t leave their offices to inspect what was happening on the ground.
      There remained some amazing compassionate staff who have been treated in a high handed callous way.
      This whole fiasco has to be be accounted for.
      This is not the way to treat our elderly or infirm.
      There are managers who were responsible and who refused to accept there was a care and a medical problem despite taking £43k pa from those that still had funds and funding from local authority from those that did not.
      As I said to Cllr. Kevin Bonasia – if my late mother was still resident I would be very seriously on the warpath but I am still more than happy to help with any enquiries that may prevent such dreadful situations occurring again.
      Kind regards Susan McNeil


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