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1800s care home to open to women

29 January 10 08:03 GMT

A 150-year-old home which cares for men with drink-related mental health problems is to open its doors to women.

The William Simpson's Home, near Stirling, was established to help older men with Army and Navy links.

But the institution said it wanted to respond to increasing demands on its services, and would also cater for people aged under 40.

MSPs will need to pass new laws to allow the expansion, as the home was set up under an act of parliament.

The home, in Plean, was set up as the "William Simpson's asylum for indigent men of advanced age".

Local landowner Francis Simpson of Plean gifted his estate to trustees in 1829 to establish an asylum in memory of his son, William, who was lost at sea while serving in the Navy in the early 1800s.

The asylum was established in 1864.

Simpson had been struck by the needs of ex-servicemen who had returned from conflict, but had nowhere to live and, to this day, the home has maintained strong links with former service personnel.

MSPs will be asked to pass a private bill to allow the changes to the William Simpson's Home, which also includes the building of a new residential centre.

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