demolish and rebuild its Sandy Cross residential care home at a total
cost of nearly £6 million.
The NPF council has approved the plan to re-build the nursing home
based in Dorking. While building work takes place Sandy Cross will be
closed in September and the eight remaining residents will be
transferred to other nursing homes. The 26 full and part time staff
will be made redundant.
NPF said that other related expenditure including the temporary loss of
fees at the home, redundancy payments and other contingencies will push
the total cost to nearly £6m.
was being provided for the care home staff. “The original home was
opened in 1969 and would have great difficulty in meeting both the
latest care standards or fire regulations. Updating the existing
building would not have been cost effective and the NPF council decided
the most practical solution was to build a new home.”
year at a reception hosted by the Queen, and has so far received
pledges and donations of £670,000. The NPF has already committed £1
million to the project.
stepped up with a re-launch to coincide with the rescheduled London
Press Ball on 28 September. The ball, a major fund-raising event for
the NPF, had to be cancelled on 7 July because of the London terror
every media proprietor, to dig deep into their pockets. The
Journalists’ Charity already spends £200,000 a year in grants and
assistance to needy journalists, their partners and dependents. Last
year we provided help in well over 160 individual cases.
protect our core work in helping journalists who fall on hard times. So
that makes it all the more important that our appeal for the new Sandy
Cross is a success.”
replacing the existing Sandy Cross with a new state-of-the-art care
home was an essential act of renewal for the NPF.
“To the journalists we say: ‘this is your chance to do something for
your own charity and give real help to your colleagues when they need
“To the proprietors we say: ‘many of you have helped us for years. Now
is the time for you all to dig deep and support the charity that offers
care to journalists and dependants who need it.'”
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