New care home named in memory of legendary Sunderland sailor Jack Crawford

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A HEROIC sailor from Sunderland’s past is to be remembered with the naming of a new care facility.

A new extra care housing scheme for older people in the East End of Hendon will be called “Keelboat Lodge”, as a way of celebrating the history of the area.

Jack Crawford pic taken 28 July 1983

Jack Crawford pic taken 28 July 1983

The name was chosen in honour of Jack Crawford, who was trained as a keelsman at a young age before serving in the Royal Navy on HMS Venerable.

Crawford won the admiration of the country after nailing a flag to the broken mast of HMS Venerable during the Battle of Camperdown in 1797 – thus spawning the phrase ‘nailing your colours to the mast’.

Since 1890, a statue to him has been in place in Mowbray Park.

Keelboat Lodge, which is being built through a partnership between Sunderland City Council, Housing and Care 21, the Homes and Communities Agency and Tolent Construction, will have communal facilities, including a hairdressing salon, lounge, activities room and restaurant.

There will also be landscaped gardens, a boules court, allotments and patio areas.

Coun Graeme Miller, portfolio holder for housing at Sunderland City Council, said: “The East End of Sunderland has a very strong and caring local community that is very deserving of the investment that this scheme is bringing.

“This is an investment in the community, an investment in the bricks and mortar that this building brings, and an investment in caring.

“This is the second extra scheme to be developed in the Hendon and East End in the last year.

“The schemes have brought in nearly £15 million of investment and, as with Seafarers Way at the Old Orphanage, these are schemes that are at the heart of our communities.

“Both these extra care schemes have impressive community facilities and I look forward to seeing this scheme open next year.”

Victoria Barclay, regional director at Housing and Care 21, added: “Keelboat Lodge is a fantastic development which suits a range of needs and preferences, whether that’s privacy, sociability, independence or support.

“We believe that everyone deserves a great quality of later life and by working with the council we can continue to provide high quality housing to help ensure this happens.”

The housing scheme, on Hartley Street, is located within the Sunderland Heritage Quarter sitting alongside some of Sunderland’s earliest surviving buildings, including the Old Donnison School Museum, the Holy Trinity Church and the recently refurbished Old Orphanage.

Applications are currently being accepted for the 85 apartments and bungalows at Keelboat Lodge which will be completed and open by April 2015.