Rebuilt Heanor care centre opens with tribute to a family legacy

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A new multi-million pound specialist community care centre in Heanor has officially opened its doors.

The £8million Florence Shipley Community Care Centre in Market Place, Heanor, was opened on Tuesday, June 14, by Derbyshire County Councillor Paul Jones.

He was joined at the ceremony by guest of honour Margaret Marsh, daughter of Florence Shipley, the former local councillor and alderman behind the building of the original home on the same site.

Margaret, 96, was joined by her own daughters Anne Jackson and Helen Moore and her granddaughter Nathalie Moore for the official opening ceremony.

She thanked the council for honouring her mother’s memory by retaining the name, and said her mother’s “magnificent legacy” would live on in the new care centre.

Coun Jones said: “We’re exceptionally proud of the new Florence Shipley Care Centre and the launch event was a celebration of the hard work that everyone’s put in to make it a reality. It’s particularly pleasing to have retained the name.”

“The building demonstrates the commitment of the county council to provide first class facilities for our elderly residents despite a difficult financial climate and is a clear indication of our commitment to provide public services to the people of Derbyshire.”

Residents have now moved into the facility, which has 32 residential care beds, and clients from the council’s day service at Ambervale, Long Close, Ripley have transferred to their new base.

Community groups that use Ambervale have also moved services to the new centre which offers specialist dementia care, short-term care and respite bed, as well as a day centre, therapy rooms and community areas.

The building also houses a café, hairdressing salon and a general meeting area, all of which are open to the public.