Campaigners unite in bid to save Leeds care home

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Angry residents are launching a petition in a bid to save their care home from the axe.

Fears are mounting about the future care of pensioners at Manorfield House, in Horsforth, since it was announced the centre might have to close under budget cuts.

Elderly residents, who are aged between 80 and 102, fear they will have to move if their care home is closed.

Julia Chapman, whose auntie Gillian Richards has lived at the care home for three years, said the news was “disastrous” for residents.

She said: “It would be disastrous if it does close.

“A lot of residents have early stage dementia and can’t cope.”

Local councillor Chris Townsley (Lib Dem, Horsforth) added: “It’s very emotive and very emotional.

“These people are coming to the end of their lives and moving is something they don’t want to do.

“We need to make Leeds aware that we are angry. It’s devastating.”

Coun Townsley, who was joined by two other local councillors and MP Stuart Andrew at a recent meeting, added: “Stop messing about with people’s lives and their homes because that’s exactly what it is.”

Other residential homes earmarked for closure include Amberton Court, in Gipton; Burley Willows, in Burley; Fairview, in Seacroft; Musgrave Court, in Pudsey and Primrose Hill in Boston Spa.

The proposal is to transfer residents to other homes, or community-based organisations, while Suffolk Court, in Yeadon, is to be developed into a specialist intermediate care unit and Home Lea House, in Rothwell, transferred to the community.

A spokeswoman for the council said:“We understand that older people and their families will feel anxious about the future of their care homes, and we’d like to assure them that everyone’s views will be listened to.

“It’s important to stress that we are still in a consultation period and no decisions have been taken about the future of any of the homes.”