Charity and housing association marks refurbishment with celebratory event

Leon Steer, Jo Passmore, John Brodie and Bobby Barnes
Leon Steer, Jo Passmore, John Brodie and Bobby Barnes

The Abbeyfield Kent Society, has celebrated the completion of refurbishment on its Paddock Wood supported home, with a celebratory event on Thursday 23rd July.


Staff of the Society gathered with residents and associates at Margaret Fisher House in Old Kent Road to celebrate the refurbishments, which have added en-suites to all 10 rooms as well as two new self-contained apartments alongside the home.


The new apartments aim to provide independent living for over 55s with bespoke fixtures and fittings; ensuring the home is suitable for people with disabilities. Staff are also on hand to check on residents daily and the Society’s domiciliary care provider, Caring Companions, can provide care, if required.


Zena Thomas, Head of Supported Housing at the Society said: “Loneliness is currently a huge problem amongst older people; we hope that the addition of the two apartments will boost the Margaret Fisher House community.


“Residents of the apartments are free to walk across to Margaret Fisher House and share the communal space, enabling all residents to enjoy a pleasant social life.”


The building work was able to take place as the Society received two kind donations from The Frederick Drury Ware Trust, which contributed £100,000 and Jo Passmore, a Trustee of the Margaret Fisher Charitable Trust, who contributed £300,000 to support the refurbishments.


Jo Passmore, who attended the event and has worked closely with the Society for over 25 years, commented: “Margaret Fisher gave her name to the Paddock Wood home and took a keen interest in all that happened there throughout her life.


“She set up the Margaret Fisher Charitable Trust, which continues to support the home, providing fresh flowers each week. It was Margaret’s wish that trustees would continue to provide financial support, should they feel there was a worthwhile cause.”


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