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Brenda Whittell

Support with housing

For Brenda Whittell, the care and support on offer at her Sanctuary Housing scheme in Doncaster has meant she can live independently through a housing association following the loss of her husband.

Brenda – who is a resident at over 55s housing association service Humber Close and Court – moved in to her bungalow after the sad death of her husband, Alan. She explained: “Alan and I were due to start living at Humber Close in spring 2016, but he passed away quite suddenly.

“I was sure I’d still be able to move in on my own, as I was keen to have a community of people around me and activities to get involved in. This was in addition to my involvement with my church who are like family to me.”

The now 83-year-old threw herself into life at the Sanctuary Housing service, taking part in resident involvement activities like coffee mornings, charity events and art classes.

The staff at Humber Close play a valuable part in Brenda’s thriving social life. She said: “I have a beautiful garden at my bungalow, thanks to the gardener here who works really hard. Alan was always the green-fingered one and it’s lovely that I still have a green space I can enjoy with friends.

“Stuart, the Sanctuary Housing scheme manager, is great. He cares about all the residents whatever their needs are and knows everyone really well. I have found true peace and community here.”

For more information about our resident involvement activities, take a look at our news pages.