Her Royal Highness Princess Anne visited Livability’s Treetops residential care home in Colchester (Essex) on Tuesday 31st March.
This was as part of Princess Anne’s ongoing support for Livability’s Home Design Appeal, which she launched in April 2014.
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The Home Design Appeal is Livability’s main fundraising campaign. It aims to update and renovate kitchens and bathrooms in the flats of Livability’s disabled residents, in order to give them independence to live their day to day life on their own terms. Height-adjustable beds allow residents with limited movement to do more for themselves. Accessible kitchens, with easy to reach worktops and sinks as well as adapted cooker, allow residents to cook unsupervised in a safe environment.
Currently, only some of the flats in Livability Treetops (Colchester) are renovated with more accessible kitchens and bathrooms. The purpose of HRH’s visit was to therefore raise awareness of the campaign in order to hopefully raise funds towards the £190,000 target which will used to renovate the remaining flats.
Princess Anne was led by Dave Webber and Janet Bilton (Treetops Manager) on a tour of Treetops to see the benefit of recent improvements to residents’ kitchens as a result of the Home Design Appeal, as well as improvements which are due to take place. Princess Anne was then escorted to the Sensory Room which is used for therapeutic sessions with the residents.
Princess Anne and Livability CEO Dave Webber then said a few words to the assembled guests in the Dining Room, and Jackie Griffths (aged 62, Treetops service user) presented HRH with a posy.
Princess Anne said: ‘Technology has allowed much greater scope for individuals to make choices and live the life the way that they want. And that is really where the Home Design Appeal comes from: making it as appropriate as possible for the individuals that live here and those in the future to live much more interesting and fulfilling lives.’
Dave Webber, Livability CEO, said: ‘The Home Design Appeal is about independence and the things we take for granted every day: when we eat, when we make a cup of tea our way and how we live in our space. It does not matter if that’s in a community or in care, the basic things should be the same: it costs us money, we need help to get there, hence the Home Design Appeal.’