AN ELDERLY cancer survivor has expressed fear for losing support after the Buckinghamshire sheltered accommodation she lives at was rumoured to be sold.  

The woman in her 80s, who wished to remain anonymous, has lived at the St Hugh’s Close supported living in Stokenchurch for people over 60 for several years, relying on the help from the on-site wardens and an alarm system to ask for help.

Now the owner Buckinghamshire Housing Association is reportedly planning the sale of St Hugh’s Close to another housing group after a letter from the CEO revealed this to the residents, the woman claimed.

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She fears any sale could bring about changes to the support in place currently and said it will become independent living if the wardens are scrapped.

She said: “I will just be isolated, I don’t drive now, and you need a car to live here.

“If I should just be isolated, might just give up.”

The woman, who overcame ovarian cancer and has mobility issues, moved from another part of the UK to Buckinghamshire to be close to her relatives.

She chose St Hugh’s Close specifically because it’s supported housing.

A former landowner left the grounds comprising St Hugh’s Close for the benefit of residents of Stokenchurch, the woman claimed.  

She said: “It worries me that they haven’t got the authority to sell this off to someone else, because it’s a non-profit place, and what if the new people change it to independent living.

“I’ve been told by Age Concern that they can change the name, but they can’t change the conditions.

“They are going to change the conditions, because we had a meeting with them, and she said there won’t be a warden and if we want the call alarms we’ve got to pay for it ourselves, which we do now – it’s all in the rent.

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"But they’re not taking responsibility for it [alarms], so they are changing the conditions to independent living, not sheltered accommodation."

Buckinghamshire Housing Association and Age Concern were contacted for a comment.