Update 9th July 2020
Thank you to all those who signed the petition, we reached 823 signatures today!
And the campaign has worked!
We have achieved a 'stay of execution' on the proposed closure of Burdett House. Both the CEO and the Regional Director of owners Abbeyfield Society have publicly apologised ¨wholeheartedly¨ for the ¨error¨ in mentioning the 30th June deadline by letter, on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and through a public Tweet to all those who had contacted them via Twitter.
Abbeyfield has confirmed that residents will not be evicted, that there is no new deadline for closure and that this will not happen until all residents had been able to find suitable accommodation.
Meanwhile, local efforts are underway to find alternative assisted home providers to run Burdett House.
Our wonderful friends and neighbours, the elderly residents of Burdett House in Histon, need your help right now. They and their families have been thrown once again into a state of anguish and fear in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic when they are at their most vulnerable.
This seems to be a war of attrition by the charity Abbeyfield Society, owners of the assisted living home, who are effectively evicting the very people they were set up to care for. It is devastating to learn that the residents, all over 80 years old, were delivered a letter on June 24th stating that Abbeyfield are going to stick as closely as possible to a June 30th closure deadline – at that time only 6 days away!! – and callously offering assistance to find alternative accommodation!!
How can anyone ask a vulnerable person to put themselves and fellow residents at such risk right now when there have been outbreaks of infection in other homes in the area? How do they expect residents to deal with the constant fear that at any moment they will be homeless? As Brian, one of the residents, said pointing to his head: “It’s the stress up here that gets you and makes you ill.”
This is an unethical U-turn on a previous assurance wrought from Abbeyfield on March 20th by our local campaigning. At that point, they confirmed in writing that residents would not be asked to consider moving until there is no need for social distancing.
Please sign below to ask David McCullough, CEO of Abbeyfield, to do the right thing: to confirm that the physical and mental welfare of residents is paramount to Abbeyfield; to remove the June 30th date for closure; to stop all types of pressure on residents to find alternative accommodation during the pandemic; and to meet with residents, relatives and local councillors to find a way out of this tragic, regrettable situation.