Royal seal of approval for Amersham United Charities Almshouse

Amersham United Charities (AUC) have won the “Patron’s Award” for the outstanding refurbishment and redesign of their Day’s Almshouses, which was supported by a grant from Allchurches Trust.

The Patron’s Award, founded by HRH The Prince of Wales, was created to celebrate outstanding projects and developments of almshouses, which continue to provide vital accommodation for people in need throughout the UK.

After careful consideration of a report submitted by his AA Panel of experts, Prince Charles granted awards to Shrewsbury Drapers Almshouses, The Davenport Homes Solihull, and first place winner, Amersham United Charities, for its Day’s Almshouse scheme.

Day’s Almshouses, which are a collection of Grade II* listed cottages dating from 1875, were the only refurbished properties to win the Patron’s Award this year after undergoing a major redevelopment.

The nine previously cramped cottages have been redeveloped into seven larger ones, giving residents more space and better accessibility to facilities. Some of the changes include moving the bathroom from the first floor to the ground floor and remodelling the steep stairs to allow better movement around the properties.

The Prince of Wales, Patron of The Almshouse Association since July 1992, said:

Almshouses have been part of this country's life for many generations and they continue to play a crucial role today in providing accommodation for those in need throughout the United Kingdom. They also make a significant contribution to our national heritage in maintaining many fine, ancient buildings.

“As Patron of the Almshouse Association, I am fully aware from my own experience, and from my visits to almshouse charities around the country, of the marvellous sense of community, wellbeing and independence that are the hallmarks of the almshouse movement. I believe that this stems from the unique bond that is formed between residents and locally-recruited trustees, many of whom may have grown up close to their local almshouses and now wish to give something back to the local community. This sets a fine example and enriches the lives of residents, trustees and the almshouse movement as a whole.”

Allchurches Trust gave a grant of £10,000 towards the redevelopment of the Day’s Almhouses, which will ensure the buildings can continue to help those most in need.

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