Care home closure decision reversed after campaign

Posted on 14 February 2011

People living at an elderly care home in Hull are pleased after the local authority reversed its decision to close the facility.

A local campaign group, including relatives of the 29 residents, organised a mass leaflet drop to drum up support for Nicholson House in Mirfield Grove, the Hull Daily Mail reports.

The centre was initially going to be closed as part of a £50 million package of budget savings, which would have reduced the options for those paying for care in the city.

"The council needs to realise what a brilliant job its staff are actually doing in these homes instead of just trying to close them down," Jenny Sergeant, whose 93-year-old mother is a resident at Nicholson House, told the newspaper.

It follows news reported in the Sheffield Star that banking group Santander is to fund the new ownership of Abbey Grange nursing home in South Yorkshire.

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