A HOMECARE provider has offered a lifeline to a South Lakeland care home threatened with closure.

St Gregory’s Homecare has offered to take over the running of Holehird, near Troutbeck Bridge, from Leonard Cheshire.

It was announced in April by Leonard Cheshire that due to a ‘combination of problems’ it would have to close the home which houses residents with a variety of needs, including people suffering from degenerative conditions such as multiple sclerosis and who have suffered brain injuries after accidents or strokes.

In a joint statement from Tim Farron MP, Leonard Cheshire, Holehird Trust and St Gregory’s Homecare last night (June 10) they said there were ‘still several hurdles to overcome’ but that the four parties were ‘committed’ to achieving the best outcome for the home.

The statement read: “Since Leonard Cheshire took the decision that it could no longer provide care at Holehird, we’ve been working hard to try to find a new provider to take over the running of the home. Holehird has provided amazing care for people of all ages with physical disabilities and complex needs for the past 60 years.

“So we’re delighted that St Gregory’s Homecare have come forward to offer to take over the running of Holehird and we’ve been working together to try to make this a reality.

“There are still several hurdles to overcome and there is no certainty that it will be achieved, but we wanted to make this statement to give confidence that we are committed to ensuring the best possible outcome for Holehird and the wider community.”

St Gregory’s Homecare is a Carnforth based company and already works with Cumbria County Council and specialises in dementia, learning disabilities, mental health conditions, physical disabilities, sensory impairments, and substance misuse problems.