Thorngate celebrates success in national awards for sheltered housing

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Two of Thorngate's sheltered housing schemes in Gosport have been voted among the best in the country in the national Elderly Accommodation Counsel Awards 2019.

Melrose Gardens was awarded gold in its category and Elizabeth Court picked up silver in the prestigious awards.

They were two of 300 schemes to have won a top prize out of the almost 25,000 retirement housing schemes or developments nationwide.

The awards, now in their eighth year, celebrate the best specialist housing for older people, and aim to help shape the future of housing in later life through engaging some 19,000 residents, staff, visitors and volunteers who were all able to vote for their favourite scheme out of the 1,220 nominated.

Thorngate chief executive Anne Taylor said she was thrilled with the success in the awards which are awarded following the public vote.

“We are totally committed to providing the very best accommodation for people and to provide our residents with the comfort and security of their own home but with warden support,” said Anne. “To win two awards against such tough competition is a great compliment to the whole team here and we are delighted that so many people have voted for Thorngate.”

John Galvin, EAC’s chief executive, explained the importance of the awards: "Specialist housing for older people plays an enormously significant role in helping them stay independent for longer. The security, support and great communities have a positive impact on individuals and reduce the need for NHS services.”

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