Flood victim, 93, finds shelter at care home

Ivy Trafford being evacuated from her caravan
Ivy Trafford being evacuated from her caravan

Wheelchair bound grandmother Ivy Trafford is recuperating at the Henry Cornish Care Centre in Chipping Norton after being dramatically rescued from her flooded caravan by the fire brigade.

The 93-year-old is already making new friends at the Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT)-run facility, where she was taken on January 3 after flood waters rose beside her electronic lift, trapping her in her mobile home .

Mrs Trafford’s daughter, Maralyn Sheilds, 64, said: “Mum loves being at Henry Cornish Care Centre. We love the whole environment of it.

“Mum keeps saying how lovely and warm she is. She’s taking part in activities and making new friends.

“She loves the company and keeps saying how lovely the carers are. We are so grateful to the care home for welcoming mum.”

Mrs Trafford was evacuated from her mobile home at the Thameside Park in Northmoor, inspected by Prime Minister and Witney MP David Cameron on January 10 during a tour of flooded areas.

Henry Cornish manager Natalya James said staff at the home in Rockhill Farm Court were delighted to be able to help Mrs Trafford through a “very difficult” experience, and said she was “settling in nicely”.