Elderly residents wept after learning that a long-standing residential home in Lakenheath is to close its doors for good.
Families of residents at Lakenheath Village Home, which has two residents over the age of 100, were told that they have just 90 days to find alternative accommodation for their loved ones during an urgent meeting called by trustees of the home on Monday.
“It was pitiful seeing old ladies crying wondering where they are going to end up. The news is just devastating,” said Shirley Hunter, whose 92 year old mum is a resident at the home.
“Although it is a bit old fashioned it is a lovely home and you could not fault the care the staff give to the residents.
“The decision has caused so much uproar in the village.”
In a statement released by the Christian Enterprise Foundation, which has run the 21 bed home since 1986, it confirmed that efforts will be made to assist families, and the 29 members of staff set to be affected by the closure.
“The trustees for a number of years have been exploring and considering alternative solutions to secure the long term future of the home but have come to the conclusion that continuing to operate the home is no longer viable,” said the statement.
“The home will not formally close until the future needs of all our residents are satisfactorily resolved.
“We will work closely with the residents, their families and friends to provide the best possible help during this difficult time.”
An online campaign to save the home on social network site Facebook has attracted more than 500 ‘likes’, while county councillor for the village Colin Noble has confirmed that he will be having a meeting with trustees later this week, along with setting up another meeting with those families who have relatives at the home in the near future.
“I have spoken to the trustees and we are going to sit down later this week and talk about what opportunities there are to go forward with this,” said Cllr Noble.
“We will look at every option possible and what can and can’t be done.
“In terms of keeping the home open, if that proves not to be possible then we will make sure that the best possible outcomes are achieved.”