Anglian Home Improvements’ donation gets Royal seal of approval

(18th May 2010)

A charitable donation by Anglian Home Improvements, the UK’s leading home improvements specialist, was publicly recognised in a reception at Sandringham House, Norfolk, in the presence of HRH, the Princess Royal.

The recognition from the Princess Royal came when it was revealed that a Norwich home for disabled adults at John Grooms Court, in Sprowston Road, is hoping to raise almost £700,000 to redevelop the property. Anglian Home Improvements will be providing a conservatory as part of the planned improvements.

Run by Livability, the national charity dedicated to providing disabled and disadvantaged people independence, John Grooms Court has provided care and support in the community for more than 20 years and is home to 20 men and women. The Princess Royal is Patron of the charity.

Anglian Home Improvement’s Chief Executive, Peter Mottershead, and Head of Marketing and Communications, Melanie McDonald, were present at the reception and were able to explain directly to the Princess Royal how the new conservatory will create a year round communal area for indoor gardening and relaxation.

Melanie McDonald commented: “It is a privilege to be involved in such a worthwhile project and be able to help improve the lives of disabled people in the area. As well as donating the conservatory we are planning to further support John Grooms Court through other fundraising initiatives later in the year.”

Unlike most other accommodation in the area for disabled young people, residents have the opportunity to live independently and acquire new skills within a supportive environment. The redevelopment work will provide a larger second lift, enhanced communal space and five new en-suite bedrooms with assistive technology.

The Royal reception was held in the Library at Sandringham House for approximately 30 guests, including many local dignitaries. Mike Flavell, Manager of John Groom’s Court, said: “We’re delighted and honoured that Her Royal Highness was present at this event. John Grooms’ Court is a very special place and we are very excited about the planned developments at the centre.”

Anglian’s association with the Princess Royal goes back some 20 years when the company celebrated its 25th birthday with a year of fund raising for another of the Princess’ charities Save The Children.

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