Older people living at Loxley Court, an Orbit sheltered housing scheme in Coventry, will get an even sweeter taste of Christmas after local firms carried out a DIY SOS project on its kitchen.
Deeley Construction, part of the Deeley Group in Coventry, leapt to the rescue when they heard that Loxley Court’s kitchen was in need of an urgent upgrade and called in the support of other contractors in the area.
Previously, the scheme did not have facilities to prepare hot food for events in the communal area, so it was prepared off-site due to the lack of kitchen facilities.
Now, thanks to the generosity and time devoted by Deeley and their contacts, customers at Loxley Court will enjoy a home-cooked meal on Christmas Day – and every day from now on.
“We are very happy with the work that has been done to the kitchen. We are extremely grateful to Deeley for their very generous gift. It is most appreciated. Thanks!” said Greta Newman, an Orbit customer who lives at Loxley Court.
Around £10,000 worth of time and materials were donated by Deeley Construction, Daly Engineering, Eagledale, Claddagh Electrical, Midlands Flooring, Cladding Components and Agutter.
The work was carried out on behalf of Orbit– which owns the scheme – as part of the Deeley Group’s 80th anniversary celebrations.
Peter Deeley, of the Deeley Group, said: “As part of anniversary, we have been looking at a range of ways that we could help the local community.
“We were chatting to Orbit – for whom we have worked for many years – and they told us about the predicament with the kitchen and that they needed to upgrade the facilities in order to allow customers to prepare their own home-cooked food in the communal area.
“We were keen to ensure that it was up and running in time for Christmas and called on some help from companies we work with on a regular basis. It was a great team effort – everyone was very generous with their time because they could see what a wonderful benefit the work was going to bring.
“A big thank you goes out to Daly Engineering, Claddagh Electrical, Eagledale, Midlands Flooring, Cladding Components and Agutter and I am so thrilled that all of the customers will now enjoy a home-cooked meal this Christmas.”
Lesley Airey, Sheltered Support Provision Manager at Orbit, said: “We are thrilled that Deeley Construction and their partners have upgraded the kitchen at Loxley Court. Customers living there will now be able to make and enjoy meals in the shared area of the scheme. Not only does this give customers a greater sense of community, it allows them to share costs by preparing home-cooked meals together.
“The local community will benefit too as the communal space, including the kitchen, will be available to hire for social events. A lot of work has gone into improving Loxley Court recently and we’re grateful to everyone that has pitched in to help. It’s a win-win for everyone!”
Loxley Court is a sheltered housing scheme in Wood End, Coventry. It comprises 40 self-contained flats for older customers who wish to live independently. It has a shared library, communal lounge, shared laundry facilities and now fully functional and beautiful kitchen!