Relatives bid to save under threat home from closure

More families fighting to save a Boston Spa care home have now come forward to join the campaign.

Primrose Hill care home, in Boston Spa, is currently under threat from Leeds City Council along with five other care homes across Leeds after the council needs to find £59.4 million in savings due to government cuts.

The Wetherby News has now thrown its support behind the campaign, after a number of residents contacted the paper in a bid to save the residential home from proposed closure.

Retired Kirk Deighton resident Derek Imrie, whose wife’s aunt Helen Batson, moved to the home earlier this year, said moving residents now would have a devastating impact on their lives.

Mr Imrie said: “To move them at this stage would have a very detrimental affect.

“Since Helen has been there she has been very settled and happy.

“To now find out that the home might be possibly closing down was alarming as we do not know what is going to happen next.

“We just feel they cannot move these old people out of their home. It could possibly kill them.”

He added that Helen, aged 88, who is suffering from dementia, has received “marvellous” care at the home with a number of social activities set up for residents including singing sessions and access to a library.

Mr Imrie and his wife Elizabeth, who currently visit Helen three times a week, are “very concerned” about where the residents would be moved to if proposals go ahead.

A statement from Leeds City Council said the consultation on Primrose Hill starts on March 11, and will run for 12 weeks.

A further meeting about ‘Save Primrose Hill’ campaign will be held at the care home tomorrow, March 7 at 7pm.