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Former Bolton Wanderers star to be honoured by housing association

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

Former Bolton Wanderers star to be honoured by housing association Former Bolton Wanderers star to be honoured by housing association

Former Bolton Wanderers star Fabrice Muamba - who was forced to quit football after suffering a cardiac arrest during an FA Cup match against Tottenham Hotspur - is to have a homelessness centre named in his honour.

Fabrice's name was one of 50 put forward by the Salvation Army Housing Association (SAHA) while deciding what to call the newly-refurbished centre in Bolton.

What was previously known as Gilead House has now been transformed into a 36-bedroom homelessness service, with part of the old building demolished to make way for new facilities.

A planning application has just been approved by Bolton Council for the erection of a new sign on the side of the building.

An illuminated steel sign, with a ‘halo’ effect, will now be added.

Fabrice said: “It was an honour to be asked to lend my name to the building and I hope it in some way helps raise further awareness of the great work the Salvation Army Housing Association carries out.”

Peter Latham, SAHA’s head of business support and innovation, added: “The new building is nearly finished and we’re pleased to have got planning permission for this latest stage. After the final stages are completed, we will have an official launch.”

Fabrice left Bolton Wanderers, and retired from football altogether, shortly after he suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch during an FA Cup match against Tottenham in March, 2012.

Since the incident, during which Fabrice’s heart stopped for 78 minutes, he has pursued a career in broadcasting and is currently studying for a journalism degree at Staffordshire University.

A SAHA spokesman said: “We are pleased to be nearing completion of our new 36-bedroom homelessness service in Bolton, which will replace the outdated facilities at our current Gilead House building.

“The new building offers homely accommodation with onsite facilities to support local people experiencing homelessness to build a positive future.

"Muamba House was chosen by a panel of staff, stakeholders and residents as a positive local example of overcoming adversity and we deeply appreciate Fabrice’s support.”

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