Plans to upgrade the interior and exterior of a charity-run care home on the Wirral have received a massive boost, in the form of a cheque for £18,000 from staff working at Cammell Laird.
Employees of the engineering and marine services firm based in Birkenhead have pledged this cash to the Meadowcroft respite care home, which is managed by Age UK Wirral and located at Spital Road in Bromborough.
Furthermore, in addition to the financial donation, Cammell Laird has also given the facility, which provides over-50s with both day care and support at nights and weekends, with a £6,000 specialist washing machine.
John Syvret CBE, the chief executive for the home, stated that gifts and donations of this kind had enabled Age UK to make a successful application for £50,000 in grant funding, which had taken the budget for redevelopment up to £98,000.
He added that work had already been undertaken to redesign and renovate many of the bedrooms, as well as to build an active age wing within the complex.
However, Age UK has significant further construction plans in mind for the home, including the creation of a drop-in lounge equipped with Wi-Fi for the community, and expanded facilities for exercise, health, educational, social and leisure activities.
The charity also aims to make improvements to the outside, like building raised garden beds and a sensory garden to be located within the main courtyard.
There are certainly companies that can offer affordably priced services like turfing and garden clearance on the Wirral, should the charity wish to call on them.
The Meadowcroft home was purchased by Age UK Wirral two years ago, having previously been run by Wirral Borough Council, and it now looks as if the ambitious plans the charity has for expanding and improving it could be brought to fruition.