New £40,000 disabled lodge opens at Ranksborough Hall

Beth Goacher inside the lodge Photo: Alan Walters EMN-151216-143335001

Beth Goacher inside the lodge Photo: Alan Walters EMN-151216-143335001

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Ranksborough Hall is home to many residential and holiday homes, and one of these has recently been opened as a disabled lodge.

Jeanette Kirk is a home care worker, but also works at Ranksborough Hall in Langham and helped design and create the disabled lodge.

Jeanette explained that a young girl Bethany Goacher and her family had stayed in a different lodge at Ranksborough previously. Staff were initially unaware of Bethany’s disability but tried to cater as best they could to her needs.

Jeanette had told the family they hoped to build a disabled lodge, and had asked if the Goacher would open the lodge on its completion, to which they agreed!

Bethany and her family are from Chesterfield, and came back on December 5 to open the lodge and spend a night there.

Some of the comments that the family left were that it was an amazing place for disabled people to use, and that the wetroom room and mobile hoist were both perfect.

The disabled lodge came to a total cost of about £40,000 and Michael White, son of owner of Ranksborough Hall, paid for the lodge himself.

Jeanette and Mike spent considerable time working on the disabled lodge and are thrilled with the end result.

Jeanette said: “We hope everything is catered for, I work in the caring community so I have a good idea of what people need.

“I am so pleased, it brings a tear to my eye speaking about it.”

For more information visit www.harmonylodge.co.uk.