THE foundation stone for the new Chilterns End care home at Townlands Hospital in Henley has been unveiled
THE foundation stone for the new Chilterns End care home at Townlands Hospital in Henley has been unveiled.
Lord Remnant, who lives in the town and is a patron of the Orders of St John Care Trust, was guest of honour at the ceremony on Wednesday.
He gave a speech praising the charity, which runs the current home in Chilterns End Close and hopes to move to the new larger premises next year.
He said: ?I?m delighted and honoured to be here today as I know what a valuable part Townlands plays in this community. The new home will be even closer to the town centre and thus even easier for people to visit.
?I would like to give thanks to all who have made this happen, be it Henley Town Council and the Townlands Steering Group, the architects or the various NHS teams.
?I am very proud that Chilterns End is such an integral part of life in Henley and we look forward to welcoming people to the new home.
?The Chilterns End care staff do a fantastic job and truly are angels. I hope I can book a place here myself when the time comes.?
The new three-storey home will have 64 beds, 16 more than the existing one, and will care for people with more complex conditions, such as advanced dementia.
Each bedroom will have an en-suite bathroom and there will be a landscaped sensory garden with vegetable patches in the grounds.
It will form part of the £10.4 million redevelopment of Townlands, which started last year after decades of negotiations and delays.
The shell and roof of the building will be laid over the summer and it is hoped that it will open by the following spring. Several dozen guests attended the unveiling, including Henley Mayor Martin Akehurst and Deputy Mayor Jeni Wood.
Councillor Akehurst said: ?I am absolutely delighted that the work has kicked off and grateful that Lord Remnant has come to unveil it.
?My thanks go to all the people who?ve been involved in the project for a very long time to make sure it happens.
?They have gone above and beyond the call of duty in many, many cases for more than 30 years and without people like that it would not have happened.?