Grandma finds forever home

Grateful grandma, Patricia Cross, says moving into her Northamptonshire Rural Housing Association home was one of the best decisions she ever made.

Now aged 75, Patricia is celebrating more than a decade in her flat in Long Buckby.

She says she made the move for two reasons – to enjoy her retirement in a more accessible home and to be nearer her daughter, Samantha.  And the ground floor flat in our Cook’s Way development ticked all the right boxes.

“I remember being quite nervous about moving because it was such a big upheaval,” she explains.  “But I was living in a three bedroom house in the West Midlands at the time and it was just too big for me to manage.

“I was already struggling to get up and down stairs and I knew that would only get worse.”

So when Patricia was offered a one bedroom flat in the village where her daughter and her husband and two grandchildren lived, it seemed too good an opportunity to miss.

Patricia says: “I’ve never regretted it.  I can see the corner of my daughter’s roof from my kitchen window, over some playing fields, so she’s only a relatively short walk away.

“My grandchildren were at the village school at the time and it meant I was able to go to and see them in all the events at school that I would otherwise have missed out on.

“I rely on my daughter or my grandchildren to take me out, but it’s good to know everything is on my doorstep.

“I love the quietness of where I live but I also like the fact that Long Buckby is a very friendly village.  People always speak to you, whether you know them or not.

“I’ve found my forever home.”