Jewish Care welcomes £10m windfall from housing association

By Keren David, July 23, 2009

Jewish Care’s £40 million care campus project in Golders Green has received a £10 million gift from a housing association which is selling its site in an exclusive Hampstead location.

The cash comes from the Otto Schiff Housing Association, whose homes are on The Bishops Avenue. OSHA’s Leo Baeck House, which has been run by Jewish Care since 2002, will soon be closing in preparation for sale. Its 32 residents will be offered places in other Jewish Care establishments.

Next year, the other remaining OSHA home, Osmond House — offering nursery and dementia care — will also close. Proceeds from the sale of The Bishops Avenue site will be split between Jewish Care and World Jewish Relief.

OSHA chairman Ashley Mitchell said the association’s intention had been to “allow the community to benefit from the kind of high quality care and support they deserve in the twilight of their years.”

Jewish Care chairman Stephen Zimmerman said: “Thanks to Ashley and OSHA’s foresight, generosity and understanding of the importance of caring appropriately for our community, we are a significant step closer to completing our care campus.”

Justine Harris, Jewish Care’s marketing director, said that with one-quarter of the project’s costs now secure, the charity was fundraising for the rest.

The decision to close Leo Baeck House first had been taken because demand for the residential care it offered had declined as more people stayed in their own homes until requiring specialist nursing or dementia care.

Last updated: 12:28pm, July 23 2009