Farming households have reacted with disappointment after a number one agricultural charity unveiled plans to sell off its residential care properties – together with one in Burnham-On-Sea.
The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (Rabi) says the 2 care properties – Beaufort House in Burnham’s Rectory Road and Manson House Care Home in Bury St Edmunds – are not in demand by farming folks.
Beaufort House, pictured right here, has beforehand been rated as “excellent” by the Care Quality Commission.
Founded in 1860 to assist farming households and their youngsters, Rabi is farming’s oldest and largest charity. The properties have been established within the Nineteen Eighties to care for folks from farming backgrounds – though different residents are welcomed the place capability permits.
Supporters who’ve raised hundreds of kilos for Rabi say they’re disenchanted by the choice to sell the properties.
Rabi says its trustees had made the troublesome choice to sell the 2 properties after an 18-month evaluate supported by exterior care sector specialists.
Rabi chief govt Alicia Chilvers says people more and more needed to obtain care at home or inside the area people.
Established to ship a conventional “home from home” service, the 2 properties have been additionally unable to assist folks with extra complicated wants, she stated.
This included specialist dementia care, which had resulted in a decline within the variety of farming folks being supported at each properties.
Both properties can be bought as going considerations – though Rabi stated gross sales of this sort usually took a while.
All present Rabi beneficiaries on the two websites will proceed to obtain all crucial monetary assist so they might proceed residing on the properties after the sale.
Ms Chilvers stated promoting the properties would assist Rabi to provide extra assist to the broader farming group, including: “The launch of monies will completely allow Rabi to assist extra farming folks – both inside their very own properties or extra domestically.”
Rabi’s programme of assist could be considerably elevated to the good thing about the farming group throughout England and Wales, she added.