Leslie returns to her roots

A bungalow in Clipston has enabled Leslie Thorburn to return to her roots, thanks to Northamptonshire Rural Housing Association.

Leslie, aged 53, who suffers from osteoarthritis, was increasingly struggling to manage in the two bedroom house where she lived with her husband, James.

Leslie explains: “I have good days and bad days but on bad days I would sometimes be trapped upstairs because I couldn’t get up and down the stairs to the bathroom.

“I knew of NRHA because my mother had lived in one of their properties before she went into residential care, so I approached them to see if they might have a property which would be more suitable for my mobility problems.”

Leslie and James, aged 59, were delighted to be offered a two bedroom bungalow in a very familiar location.

“It meant moving about four miles – to the village where I grew up!” says Leslie.

“I’ve never lost touch with the village and still have lots of friends there, including old schoolfriends, so it’s absolutely perfect.

“It’s a lovely bungalow with a nice garden, which is great as we have two dogs.  And our old shared ownership property will be ideal for a family, so it’s not just us who will benefit.

“We’ve been so lucky.  We really can’t thank NRHA enough.”