Green Light for Stanmore Development

11 Dec 2017

Plans to develop a new care campus on the current site of the Princess Alexandra Care Home, in Stanmore are well underway to meet the growing needs of the community in and around Hertfordshire. With no government funding available, our plans were reliant on the generosity of the community. Thanks to some exceptional pledges of support the Jewish Care Board of Trustees have, this summer, given the green light for works to begin on this visionary £47 million development.

The development is Jewish Care’s largest and most ambitious to date. A new 64-bed nursing and dementia home will sit alongside 16 assisted living studios and 48 one and two-bedroom Independent Living apartments. The site will also include a community centre which will house a day care facility, a specialised dementia day centre unit, a restaurant, synagogue, shop, hairdresser and leisure and well-being facilities for residents and visitors a like.

The campus which sits on a 16.5-acre site, with views across the Hertfordshire countryside, will be named Sandringham. This is to reflect the wishes of an exceptional gift from a family that wish to remain anonymous, to whom we at Jewish Care and the Jewish community are extremely grateful. Jewish Care have also released a historic bequest, restricted to capital projects, from the Maitland Joseph legacy.

The 48 Independent Living apartments on the site will be named Pears Court in recognition of a donation from the Pears Foundation. This donation is the largest capital project the Pears family supported in the Jewish Community. Sir Trevor Pears CMG commented; “An ageing population and changing social care needs requires new models of care, and of its funding. My family are therefore delighted to support Jewish Care’s ambitious plans for this new multi-purpose care campus, in Stanmore, and proud to have our family’s name associated with the Independent Living wing and gardens.”

The new 64-bed nursing and dementia home will provide modern facilities for the 45 residents currently living in the Princess Alexandra Home, as well as for new members of the community, thanks to a generous gift from the Dorfman Foundation (the largest it has ever made in the Jewish Community).

Lloyd Dorfman CBE, Chairman of the Dorfman Foundation, commented: “We are proud to be supporting the new care home. Our family have had a long association with Jewish Care (I served on the Board for eight years from 1997) and we are delighted to be helping the elderly in our community live with dignity, compassion and care. The charity is not only a jewel in the crown of our own community but one of the leading care charities in the country. As the community’s demographic ages and dementia affects more people, we will need a range of facilities to meet the demand.”

The Gerald Ronson Family Foundation have pledged their support to build the on-site community centre that will house a day centre facility, with a specialised dementia day centre unit, synagogue, shop, hairdresser and well-being facilities for residents and visitors to the site.

Dame Gail Ronson DBE commented: “I have been involved with Jewish Care for over thirty years as a Trustee and now as an Honorary President and our family are delighted to be involved with this vital project. In particular, we are pleased to be supporting the development of the community centre, which is at the heart of the development. This area will not only provide a range of fantastic facilities but will bring together residents and people of all ages from across the community”. Jewish Care’s latest offering to the community – 16 assisted-living studios will be named in recognition of a generous gift from the Wolfson Foundation.  These studios will offer a hybrid option for those people who need high levels of care but want to continue to live independently.

Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive of the Wolfson Foundation, commented: “Meeting the changing needs of an ageing population is one of the most important challenges we face as a society. The innovative redevelopment of Princess Alexandra Care Home is a powerful response to that challenge, combining Independent Living, nursing-care accommodation, wellbeing facilities and community space. This will be a flagship for excellence in care. Jewish Care have extensive experience in caring for vulnerable older people, and we are delighted to be supporting them in this ambitious project.”

Alongside the lead gifts, several large gifts have been pledged from foundations, individuals and families in the community. Particularly significant pledges have been received from the Rachel Charitable Trust and the Exilarch’s Foundation as well as a legacy gift from the late Ellie Barker.

As with all development projects, the Jewish Care Board only gave the green light on this project once at least 75% of the total funds were secured. The board’s decision to appoint contractors signals its confidence in the project and continued generosity from the community. The organisation is continuing its fundraising efforts to secure the remaining £7 million required for this ambitious development.

Lord Levy, President of Jewish Care, commented; “The Stanmore campus is a hugely ambitious project and once complete will be an exceptional site to serve the community in South Hertfordshire. We are extremely grateful for the support and generosity we have received from families and individuals in the community. Our dream to transform this site into a wonderful facility, to meet future needs of the community, is becoming a reality. We are well on the way to reaching our £47 million target, and I am confident, with the continued support from the community, we will hit our target”.

Jewish Care has a wealth of experience in ambitious capital projects. Both the Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Campus in Golders Green and the Betty and Asher Loftus Centre in Friern Barnet pay testament to the organisation’s ability to create care communities that act as a flagship model, not just in the community but for the entire social care sector.