New care provider offers to take over Windermere care home threatened with closure

Holehird care home looks after people with complex physical needs and had been told it may close Credit: ITV Border

There's fresh hope for a Lake District care home which was threatened with closure over investment issues.

A joint statement released has confirmed that a care provider - St Gregory's Homecare -  has come forward to offer to take over the running of Holehird Care Home in Windermere.

The home provides care for 24 people with physical disabilities and complex needs and provides around 60 jobs, but the organisation that runs it had announced plans to shut it down, describing the investment needed in the home as 'prohibitive.' 

The statement - released by the MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale Tim Farron - says he is working with Leonard Cheshire, Holehird Trust and St Gregory's Homecare to make the offer a reality.

Holehird was last threatened with closure 15 years ago, but the move did not go ahead after a campaign to save it.

More than 4,500 have signed a new petition calling on the owners not to close it.

A joint statement from Tim Farron MP, Leonard Cheshire, Holehird Trust and St Gregory’s Homecare reads: “Since Leonard Cheshire took the decision that it could no longer provide care at Holehird, we’ve been working hard to try to find a new provider to take over the running of the home. 

"Holehird has provided amazing care for people of all ages with physical disabilities and complex needs for the past 60 years.

“So we’re delighted that St Gregory’s Homecare have come forward to offer to take over the running of Holehird and we’ve been working together to try to make this a reality.

“There are still several hurdles to overcome and there is no certainty that it will be achieved, but we wanted to make this statement to give confidence that we are committed to ensuring the best possible outcome for Holehird and the wider community.”