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Bury St Edmunds care home Manson House bought by Stow Healthcare

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A Bury St Edmunds care home has been sold to an award-winning Suffolk-based care provider.

Stow Healthcare, owned and managed by the Catchpole family, has bought Manson House from the The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI), which supports members of the farming community.

Manson House, in Northgate Street, has 31 en-suite rooms and 23 self-contained flats for independent living.

Manson House in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: RABI
Manson House in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: RABI

Stow Healthcare, named Care Group of the Year at two national award ceremonies, runs six residential and nursing homes across Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex including Stowlangtoft Hall, Melford Court and Brandon Park.

Roger Catchpole, managing director of Stow Healthcare, said as a farming family, they were honoured to be taking over the care home from the oldest agricultural charity in the UK.

“Stow Healthcare strives to be the premier provider of residential and nursing care in the East of England and we will be maintaining the incredible level of service RABI has given to the residents at Manson House," he said.

The Duke Of Gloucester visited Manson House in 2015. Picture: RABI
The Duke Of Gloucester visited Manson House in 2015. Picture: RABI

“We endeavour to look after the staff, and believe it is very important to bring the community to our residents, by holding events where local people can get involved with the care home, and promoting jobs to local people, whilst continuing to develop loyal staff at Manson House.

“We will also ensure the premises is well maintained, to provide first-class living accommodation with modern amenities and technology.”

It is expected the take over of the home will be completed in August and RABI said money from the sale will be used to increase support to those in the farming community requiring care or assistance in their homes, or through local supported care.

Alicia Chivers, RABI chief executive, said: "RABI has followed an exhaustive selection process to secure the best possible buyer for Manson House.

“We are confident that the wealth of experience and ethos of Stow Healthcare will offer an exceptional level of care and support to the residents and tenants at the home.”