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Limelight welcomes first residents as official opening approaches

Limelight, Old Trafford’s new community health and well-being hub which has been developed by Trafford Housing Trust, has welcomed its very first residents.

Mr Zulfiqar Anwar and his wife Suraiya, have relocated from a nearby flat above a shop, while Lisa Chambers has moved from her parent’s home.

All three have chosen to move to Limelight to enjoy the benefits of the high-quality Extra Care apartments which are part of the overall £20m Limelight development. In total there are 81 Extra Care flats at Limelight, which offer a blend of high-standard residential accommodation together with integrated safety, well-being and accessibility features.

Zulfiqar, Suraiya and Lisa will also all get to enjoy all the fantastic health and leisure amenities set to be offered at Limelight when it becomes fully operational in December.

These include two GP practices, a pharmacy, a library, a café, multi-purpose event space, a hair and beauty salon, and an opticians. Residents will also be able to start hiring a range of spaces at Limelight which can be used for events such as weddings, christenings and parties.

Mr Anwar said: “My wife uses a wheelchair and I also have some mobility issues. This meant our previous flat, that could only be accessed by stairs, was increasingly difficult to live in.

The Limelight apartment is level access and we have a range of facilities that we can both access easily. I am my wife’s carer and if I became unwell, I had no one to support us but since moving to Limelight I know the staff are onsite to support me and my wife.”

Lisa said: “I am very excited to move to Limelight. I am most looking forward to living on my own and having my own independence. I definitely plan to use all the facilities and services at Limelight, especially the café and library, and I hope to take a few classes and make new friends.”

Sarah Thompson, Limelight’s Extra Care manager, said: “We are delighted to welcome Zulfiqar, Suraiya and Lisa to Limelight as our first official residents and I look forward to getting to know them, and getting their feedback, over the coming weeks as we approach our official opening.

“In particular we want to ensure we are offering them and our other residents the independence to live their lives as they want to, but that if they do need any additional support we are on hand to help.

“This approach, combined with the wide range of well-being services, social events and leisure facilities we have to offer, means all Limelight residents will have plenty to enjoy while enhancing their lifestyle, week in and week out, for many years to come.”    

With more residents due to arrive over the next few months, Limelight is currently in a ‘soft opening’ period with residents and staff ‘road testing’ the building. The scheme will officially open on Thursday 7th December with a community event from 2pm-8pm attended by local dignitaries, community groups, partners and VIPs. Renowned author, broadcaster and poet Lemn Sissay will also be in attendance, alongside Commonwealth Games gold medallist, and CEO of the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation, Diane Modahl.

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