A poorly man who was not expected to reach his teens after he was born with a rare genetic condition has celebrated 30 years in supported housing at the age of 73.
Ronnie Denman was born with rare tuberous sclerosis and learning disabilities that made it impossible for him to live independently without support.
But Sanctuary Supported Living, which is part of the Sanctuary Group, provided accommodation and support for Ronnie at its Corner House and he now lives at SSL’s Corner View, at Clay Cross.
Ronnie said: “I can go out now and do lots of things I couldn’t have done 30 years ago. This year I’ve been to Cadbury’s World and the set of Coronation Street and I’m about to go to the panto to see Sleeping Beauty.
“I wasn’t able to do this before I came to Corner House and Corner View. I think it’s important people know that having learning disabilities doesn’t have to stop you doing the things you like.”
Ronnie finds personal living skills difficult and is unable to cook or manage finances and had to live in instiutional care before SSL helped him.
In addition to the support needs presented by his learning disabilities, Ronnie is still living with the effects of tuberous sclerosis which affects organs and lead to kidney damage.
SSL’s Corner View manager Marie Brown said: “Life with learning disabilities can be very challenging, so we support Ronnie to live as independently as possible. Despite challenges, he never moans and is a really jovial.”
For details about the SSL can call (01246) 250011.