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Charity care home to close

3rd November 2006

A care home run by a leading national charity has been forced to close in Norfolk.

The Sue Ryder care home in Walsingham, which looks after 22 residents, will close in three months, it was announced earlier this week.

The decision was made after John and Fee Sharples, the prospective new owners of the home, backed out of the agreement, reports the Norfolk Eastern Daily Press.

Mr Sharples, whose Manor Court Care company cares for around 450 elderly people through a number of care homes in the county, said the decision to pull out was made after a number of staff made their displeasure over likely changes to pay and conditions known to him.

"I could not risk such challenges and the financial losses these might have brought," he commented.

"I have to think about my responsibilities to my existing clients. It was a risk I was not prepared to take."

Steve Taylor, the director of communications for Sue Ryder, said he was "extremely disappointed and frustrated" at the news but insisted that the company would ensure the residents find places in other care homes.

There are over a dozen Sue Ryder care homes and hospices in the UK.