Campaign to build fourth almshouse in Shrewsbury

A fundraising campaign to build more almshouses in Shropshire has begun.

Members of Shrewsbury Drapers Company are hoping to raise £2m in order to establish a fourth building in the town.

Jan Boyd, from the group, said they think the total cost could be as much as £3.5m.

She said: "A lot of people think what we do is historic and out of date but almshouses are very modern in what they're trying to provide."

According to its website, the Drapers' almshouses provide accommodation for elderly men and women who can look after themselves.

Ms Boyd said the Drapers' Company dates back to medieval times and members volunteer to help at the the town's three existing almshouses at Fairford Place, St Giles and Holy Cross.

"We've been trying to get this project off the ground for a few years now but the financial climate has obviously changed quite radically," she said.

"We're getting £500,000 of government funding and support from other charities but we'll need to raise the rest through different activities.

"The alms houses are for people in their 70s, 80s, 90s and they stay with us for a long time."

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