Family Trust to build bungalows for older people in Prees

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Linda, Ray and David Grocott pictured at Rose Court

Eight new bungalows are being built in Prees by The Grocott Family Charitable Trust for local people aged 75 and over to rent.

The new development will cost around £800,000 and is the vision of Grocontinental Chairman and charity trustee, Ray Grocott, who wanted to provide high-quality, economical to run, affordable bungalows for older people.  The properties will be available to residents of Prees or those who have strong links to the village.

Located next to the Grocott Medical Centre and set within an attractive courtyard-style environment, the spacious bungalows will feature one bedroom, underfloor heating, and fitted kitchen with oven and hob.  The homes will be completed in March. 

Speaking about the new development, charity trustee, Linda Grocott, said:

“Although our charitable donations are arranged through our Family Trust, this is really a personal donation by my Dad, Ray, who, rather than choosing to spend his pension savings himself, has decided he wants to donate them to the village he grew up in and which he really cares about.  The £1 million donation he made to fund the new Medical Centre in Prees, which opened last year, was also a personal donation.

“It is a very special and generous legacy and as a family, we are hugely proud of what Dad is doing to improve things for people who live in the village.”

Explaining his reason for financing and building the development, Ray Grocott said:

“I have long held the view that there is a real shortage of quality bungalows in Prees for older people.  We are an ageing population and this, coupled with the desire of people to remain living independently, is putting more and more pressure on suitable housing.

“I am so pleased that I am now able to make this new development of eight bungalows happen and I hope that the homes will make a real difference to people’s lives. They are in a lovely spot on the edge of the village and we have really taken care with the design and specification of all the materials and fittings to make the properties really special.”

The development will be named Rose Court, after Ray’s wife Rose, who is also a trustee of the charity. Ray chose the name in recognition of his wife’ support over the last 60 years.  Rental income from the properties will be paid back into the Trust and used for other local community projects.

To live in the bungalows, people should be 75 or over and able to live as independently as possible at the time they take up residency.  They should currently live in Prees; or, if not currently residing in the village or the surrounding area, have previously lived in, worked in or supported the local community for a period of no less than five years.

Applicants may also live outside of the local area, but they should have a family member who depends on the village for employment or provides strong support to the local community. 

Properties are most suited to people living alone, but are available to couples.

To find out more details about the bungalows or to request an Application Pack, please contact: Debbie Kelsall on 01743 290509 or 07966 191215 or by email at sales@dkpropertyconsultants.com