Trafford Housing Trust

Trust's latest Extra-care facility officially opened

15 October 2014


THT_041014_0082.jpgFiona Gardens in Sale, Trafford, the innovative Extra Care facility for older and vulnerable adults named in honour of the late PC Fiona Bone, was officially opened by her father Paul Bone this weekend exactly two years since his daughter’s funeral. 

Constable Bone, who lived in Sale, was tragically killed in the line of duty in Manchester in September 2012.

PC Fiona Bone died alongside PC Nicola Hughes when they were called to what appeared to be a routine burglary report in Mottram in 2012.

Paul Bone opened Fiona Gardens in Sale, his daughter's home town, on the second anniversary of her funeral.

Mr Bone, who lives on the Isle of Man, said it was a "fitting tribute" to her.

"Fiona carried out her Duke of Edinburgh Award service in a home for the elderly and she continued to care for people by joining the police," he said.

"She often said the most enjoyable part of her job was helping people and therefore this development is a fitting tribute to her memory.

"We were honoured to be asked to have Fiona's name associated with this facility."

Mr Bone was joined by his wife June, daughter Vicky and Fiona's partner Clare Curran for the opening ceremony.

 

The newly built 71 apartment residential centre, which has been developed by Trafford Housing Trust (THT) in partnership with affordable housing contractor, Wates Living Space, also features a commemorative stone laid at the entrance to the building in honour of Fiona. 

The £7.8m new build project has been created on the site of two former care and community centres on Atkinson Road which were demolished. In their place now stands a stunning residential complex featuring one and two bedroom flats for both sale and rent.

In addition to the spacious, modern and part-furnished properties, Fiona Garden features extensive communal spaces, courtyards and landscaped gardens together with on-site services for residents, their visitors and the local community including a bistro restaurant, a hairdressers, private resident’s lounge, guest accommodation, an activity area, a ‘pamper’ bathroom and a multi-sensory room.  

The Fiona Gardens scheme has been designed to provide older and more vulnerable residents with an outstanding quality of life linked to an emphasis on independent living. To help deliver this Trafford Housing Trust has partnered with Manchester-based charity IAS who specialise in providing person-centred care within a safe and respectful environment for the elderly and vulnerable.

It was this aspect of the project which resonated with PC Bone’s family when first approached about naming it memory of Fiona and her sister Vicky Bone referred to it specifically when talking to The Manchester Evening News earlier this year about Fiona Gardens.

She said: “Fiona was most passionate about working with the elderly and young people, it was the human side of policing that she really enjoyed. It was the vulnerable that Fiona was there to protect and to have this named after her is an honour and a privilege. She would have absolutely loved it.”

The Trust's Chairman, Edna Robinson, said. "All the residents and staff feel honoured that they live and work at a place named in memory of such a warm-hearted and caring individual. Today has therefore been a mixture of sadness and celebration in equal measure." 

Matthew Gardiner, Chief Executive of Trafford Housing Trust, said, “As this is one of the Trust’s major new build projects in Trafford I was incredibly touched by the fact that Fiona’s family believed this exceptional care facility was worthy of their daughter’s name before it was even completed.   We hope it becomes a place to call home for older and vulnerable people for generations to come, and used by people throughout the local community, and as such provide a fitting tribute to Fiona.”

 

 

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