North Memorial Homes

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"The North Memorial Homes Charity was formed following a public appeal headed by Sir Jonathan North, who had been Mayor of Leicester during the First World War. The public support was overwhelming and the amount raised was £106,000, (which would be equivalent to approx. £3 million today.)

"The Homes were opened by HRH the Prince of Wales in 1927.

"The purpose of the charity was to provide family type accommodation for disabled ex-servicemen linked to the city of Leicester and their families, so that they could live as normal a life as possible in the circumstances. It was a special part of the 'Homes Fit for Heroes to Live In' campaign of the time. This was later extended to cover the Second World War and other hostilities in which British Forces were involved....

"In 1979 the Management Committee decide that the way forward was to provide smaller units of accommodation and provide homes for couples or single persons. Accordingly, the Charity was registered as a Housing Association in order to take advantage of the government loans and grants available, and a programme of converting the houses each into two self-contained flats started. This was done as and when the houses were vacated and to date there are now 30 one bedroom flats, with five houses remaining."[1]


Accessed September 2014: [2]



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  1. North Memorial Homes History, organizational web page, accessed September 29, 2014.
  2. North Memorial Homes Trustees, organizational web page, accessed September 29, 2014.