Buckinghamshire BS’s mortgage for people with long-term disabilities

Photo: David Abbey and Robin Bailey Consequently, Buckinghamshire launched the HOLD (Home Ownership for people with Long-term Disabilities) product an

Photo: David Abbey and Robin Bailey

Consequently, Buckinghamshire launched the HOLD (Home Ownership for people with Long-term Disabilities) product and have provided 19 mortgages to help those with long-term disabilities buy their first home.

Robin Bailey, chairman of Buckinghamshire Building Society, said: “This area of lending fits with the values and philosophy of the society where we aim to help everyone in the local community.

“Due to their circumstances, people with long-term disabilities often struggle to find a mortgage, our product is aimed at helping them achieve this.”

On a recent visit to the society’s office in Chalfont St Giles, David Abbey, CEO of MySafe Home told Robin Bailey: “Many of our customers have significant and long-term health issues but that obviously doesn’t and shouldn’t stand in the way of them living life as independently as possible.”

In the last few weeks this belief, passionately shared by both organisations, enabled one young man who had sadly been abused in not just one but two ‘care’ facilities to move to a home of his own, somewhere he can now live safely and securely for the rest of his life.

David Abbey said: “Imagine being mentally and physically abused for days, weeks and months but not being able to escape. No one should have to suffer that.

“Widely covered in the media this is one of the most disturbing, high profile cases we’ve ever had the privilege to be involved in and thanks to the support of Buckinghamshire Building Society, his family and new care team, we’ve been able to help this individual take control of his life and future.

“Thankfully, whilst such traumatic cases are rare and many people receive excellent care in residential or other housing options, many still crave the security and freedom of choice that that only owning a home of your own provides.

“Buckinghamshire Building Society’s ongoing support gives people with disabilities just that, well and truly living up to its ‘doing the right thing’ philosophy.”

HOLD also helps people move on from their family home or rented accommodation.

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