TV presenter Fiona Phillips praises £6m Widnes scheme
Published by Laura Beckett for Halton Housing Trust in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities, Health
Fiona Phillips and Councillor Tom McInerney, Mayor of Halton cut the cake
TV star Fiona Phillips has praised Halton Housing Trust’s first extra care scheme, calling it, ‘an excellent, wonderful home and something to be extremely proud of’ at an official opening yesterday.
In a passionate speech where Age UK ambassador Fiona highlighted the importance of providing care and dignity for older people, she said that Naughton Fields was a ‘fantastic home with first class facilities’ and a ‘great asset to Widnes.’
Over 100 people attended the launch yesterday, including residents, Trust and Halton Borough Council staff and community figures. Halton’s Mayor and Mayoress, Clrs Tom and Angela McInerney also attended, where they chatted to residents at the new scheme on Liverpool Road.
Chief Executive of the Trust, Nick Atkin, was thrilled to see so many residents enjoying the official launch of their new home. He said: “The opening was one of those times in your career when you take a step back and soak up the difference we really are making to people’s lives. I spoke to so many customers who were delighted to be part of the Naughton Fields success story. This is testament to our fantastic staff and the services they offer which makes us all so proud to be part of Halton Housing Trust.”
Resident Barbara Lyon-Walsta, 68, was one of many who attended the launch. She said: “I’m so happy living here. I’ve made lots of new friends, nothing is too much trouble for the staff and there’s excellent security both day and night. It’s just got a really nice atmosphere.”
Designed to offer independence and choice for the over 55’s, the new development on Liverpool Road offers onsite care to customers with varying needs. Classed as ‘lifetime homes’,the 47 apartment scheme has attracted buyers and renters who are reassured to know that that they will be looked after if their needs change. The luxury scheme also has its own bistro, The Olive Tree, and a state of the art hair and beauty salon, both of which are open to the wider community who live near the scheme.