Roy helps to keep Basingstoke moving

12 November 2013

Roy Hazzard who lives in a McCarthy & Stone apartment in Basingstoke volunteers at his shopability

Roy Hazzard understood how important it was for him to stay active in later life whilst enjoying his retirement, so he set about helping others do the same by volunteering at his local Shopmobility.

Shortly after Roy’s wife sadly passed away in 1997, Shopmobilty opened its doors to the residents of Basingstoke and Roy decided to carry on his wife’s legacy, after she played a fundamental part in setting up the service by helping out at the branch.

Roy, 83, said: “The service is a project that is very close to my heart as in the early 90s my wife saw a need to support those less mobile and Shopmobility wasn’t available in the area. So she approached the council to get something done about it. Sadly the branch opened a month after she passed away, but it was very important for me to carry on her hard work by volunteering.

“Not only did it help me through a very difficult time but volunteering is a great way to meet people and stay sociable, and it’s such a great place to work. It helps me stay active and as long as I’m still useful I’ll carry on doing it.”

Roy lives at McCarthy & Stone’s Lady Susan Court in Basingstoke and the developer has recently announced the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) as their official ‘Charity of the Year’. The charity’s volunteers have an average age of 64 and the retirement developer has a real affinity with the RVS as they have many homeowners at their developments across the country actively engaged in volunteering.

Roy added: “I moved in to Lady Susan Court earlier this year and I’m very happy I did, it was the right thing for me to do and I’ve been able to carry on living my life the way I always have done. I’ve coped by myself for a long time but it’s great to know I have the extra support there whenever I need it.”

McCarthy & Stone is currently selling a range of one and two bedroom Later Living and Assisted Living apartments at Emma Court and Lady Susan Court in Basingstoke. 

Emma Court has been designed exclusively for the over 60s to promote an active and independent lifestyle. Purchasers will benefit from a low maintenance, new build apartment that offers a range of specialist design features to add to homeowner’s comfort and security as they get older. In addition there is a shared lounge for socialising with like-minded people and a hotel-style guest suite for visiting friends and family.

For those who are looking for additional assistance with daily life, but are not yet ready, or wanting to consider residential care, Lady Susan Court, an Assisted Living development, offers a number of enhanced features to give homeowners the extra support they are looking for.

In addition to all the features of a Later Living apartment, all apartments at Lady Susan Court are fully wheelchair accessible throughout. The development also benefits from a table-service restaurant offering a hot meal 365 days of the year, an hour of domestic assistance each week and personal care from the on-site care team, should the need arise.

To find out more about the McCarthy & Stone lifestyle, please visit the sales office open daily from 10.30am to 5.00pm, call 0800 201 4742.



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