Sign up to our Editors Choice newsletter now! Click here

'Biggest fan' Emily's Manchester United treasures to be kept safe

Accessibility Menu

Menu Search

24dash - The UK's most up-to-date social housing and public sector news website

'Biggest fan' Emily's Manchester United treasures to be kept safe

24DASH.COM Logo

Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities

'Biggest fan' Emily's Manchester United treasures to be kept safe 'Biggest fan' Emily's Manchester United treasures to be kept safe

One of Manchester United's oldest and biggest fans is taking special steps to look after decades' worth of Red Devils' memorabilia as her Salford home is refurbished.

Emily Ordish, aged 84, saw her first game at Old Trafford in 1938 and still goes to matches whenever she can. Such is her affiliation with the club, she receives birthday cards from United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and has a letter from the Beckhams.

Emily's sheltered home at Springbank is currently undergoing a makeover as part of a £1.35 million scheme by Salix Homes to improve the properties.

Keen to keep her treasured memorabilia safe during the work on her home, which includes the fitting of a new kitchen, Emily has packaged up hundreds of items and sent them to her daughter's for safe keeping.

She explained: “I’ve sent it all to my daughter's because I didn’t want anything to happen to it while the work was taking place, but it will be great when the work is finished, it’ll make my kitchen bigger and I’ll have a lot more space.”

More than 100 homes at three sheltered schemes are being refurbished as part of the work.

Contractors Forrest are now on site at Springbank to upgrade the 47 homes at a cost of £450,000.

Work includes new kitchens and bathrooms, complete rewiring, new windows and doors and the installation of necessary equipment and adaptations to improve access.

Following consultation with residents, work will also take place to upgrade the communal areas and improve access.

A £700,000 improvement programme is also underway at Broomedge where 45 homes are being improved; and a further £200,000 is being spent upgrading 22 properties at Heraldic Court.

Joe Willis, chief executive of Salix Homes, said: “The work which is taking place at our sheltered housing schemes will help improve the quality of life of our tenants, many of whom are elderly.

“The sheltered accommodation complexes were built during the 1970s and 1980s and were in great need of upgrading, so this project marks a key milestone in our Decent Homes improvement programme.

“We are thrilled to be working alongside contractors Forrest and Emanuel Whittaker to ensure our tenants have warm and comfortable homes fit for the 21st century.”

Councillor Gena Merrett, Assistant Mayor for Housing and Environment at Salford City Council, said: “This investment will vastly improve the facilities at the three complexes and will make the world of difference to the residents. I’m really proud that we have been able to do this for them.”

Comments

Login and comment using one of your accounts...