Lindy Murdoch (pictured above) was the catalyst for the establishment of Hansel. Lindy had Down's Syndrome and her parents, Tom and Isobel, were determined that she should have the best possible opportunity to enjoy a full and meaningful life, and have security in the future when they would not be there to care for her.
The Murdochs established 'Hansel Village' to provide for Lindy and other young people with learning disabilities. Lindy used Hansel's services in various ways over the course of life, sometimes as a resident, sometimes for respite or day supports.
Lindy passed on in 2011 in Crail House here at Broadmeadows, surrounded by friends and family, after living the full and meaningful life her parents had wanted for her. Our tea-room at Broadmeadows bears Lindy's name and this portrait hangs there but Lindy would always be remembered at Hansel, even without these reminders. The Murdoch's legacy lives on in everything Hansel does. We continue to support people with learning disabilities to make the most of life; to support people in flexible and innovative ways suited to their changing needs, and to walk with people on their journey through life helping them to find solutions to the challenges along the way. We continue to support people as Tom and Isobel Murdoch wanted Lindy to be supported - this is their legacy.
Hansel has benefited from many legacies over the years. Crail House, our small group living service for older people with learning disabilities and its unique dementia support, was built on a legacy, as was our Courtyard accommodation. Local property bequeathed to us has been used to provide independent tenancies to some of the people we work for. Smaller legacies have also been put to good use over the years and have contributed to developing the range of supports and services we have today.
Our Space, our current developmental focus, was born via a very generous legacy and has grown to an innovative £1M+ project which will be transformational!
We do appreciate that looking after family and friends is the main priority when making your will. We also appreciate the additional burden, which many of our supporters have, of providing for disabled dependants though wills and trusts. If you can also remember Hansel in your will we will ensure your generosity makes a real and lasting impact on the lives of the people we work for.
If you want to know more about what your legacy to Hansel could achieve please call 01563 831428 or contact us. If you do decide to leave us a legacy your solicitor will be able to advice you on the best way to achieve your wishes.