Boxer Jane Couch helps homeless pensioner find new home in Knowle

October 26 2018
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A MAN IN his 70s who had been made homeless has been found a new home in Knowle after turning to his friend – the famous Bristol boxer Jane Crouch MBE.

Pictured: Jane Couch MBE, Mr Woods and Bibek Bhaker, housing office manager, Brunelcare

A MAN IN his 70s who had been made homeless has been found a new home in Knowle after turning to his friend – the famous Bristol boxer Jane Couch MBE.

Jane sent an email to the housing team at Brunelcare, the housing charity for older people in the South West.

That week Brunelcare had been advertising one of their sheltered homes in Knowle and the housing team were able to offer Jane and the pensioner, who they name as Mr Woods, a swift viewing. 

Bibek Bhaker, housing office manager with Brunelcare, said:

“My team made contact and arranged a viewing within the space of a few days. I met Mr Woods at the flat, and at first he understandably seemed a little nervous, but I showed him around the site and flat, introduced him to our housing site team, and he loved it!”

 Once it was established Mr Woods could take the flat, Jane Couch commented on Twitter:

“I have to say a massive thank you to these guys and gals at Brunelcare…I tried everywhere in Bristol to get someone to help a nice old man and these people have just found him a home.”

On receiving the keys, with Jane and Bibek, Mr Woods said:

“I’m overjoyed and very happy. This is amazing! Thank you.”

 The charity Brunelcare owns and manages more than 1,000 sheltered and privately owned properties in Bristol. Brunelcare’s sheltered housing is made available through Bristol City Council’s ‘Home Choice’ service. The Council operate a ‘Choice Based Letting’ system and applicants are shortlisted from those that bid on the advertised properties.

To find out more and to apply for sheltered housing in Bristol see Homechoicebristol.co.uk in the first instance, or Brunelcare.org.uk