Care & Repair England is 30 years old.
Little did most of us back in the 1980s think that three decades on we would still be championing the importance of home repairs and adaptations to a decent older age.
One of the visionaries without whom none of the work of home improvement agencies would have happened is Mike Wright, who died recently just short of his 90th birthday.
Mike was an extraordinary character, an army colonel who, on retirement from the army in 1960, set up HACT, alongside a sister charity, Help the Aged Charitable Trust. It was Mike’s tireless fundraising and innovation that underpinned the development of many housing associations during the 60s and 70s, and that same passion which resulted in the creation of Care & Repair England (initially England and Wales).
Jane Minter, now our Head of Programmes, has written a detailed obituary about Mike’s work http://www.hact.org.uk/blog/2016/03/15/remembering-mike-wright which is a great reminder of what a difference one person can make.
Reflection on the past is a useful starting point for looking to the future. There remains a great deal to be done to reach the point where all older people are well housed in homes that are healthy and accessible. Mike will be an inspiration to us all in planning future action to achieve that ultimate aim. [March 2016]