05:45AM, Monday 28 January 2013
A Paralympic triple gold medalist and the Royal Borough's mayor were special guests welcomed by excited 22-year-old Rebecca Leigh into her new home.
Rebecca has just moved into Cross Oak - Radian's latest development - opposite Clewer Memorial Recreation Ground in Windsor. She was delighted to show off her new apartment to Paralympic heroine Sophie Christiansen and the mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead Cllr Colin Rayner when they officially opened the new development last week.
It is the first time Rebecca has been enabled to live away from her family home.
She said: “I’m very happy and feel it’s a great achievement for me to be living independently."
Cross Oak consists of nine new homes for people with learning disabilities as well as six for people over 55.
Sophie Christiansen grew up in the Royal Borough and won three gold medals at the London 2012 Paralympics on her horse Janeiro. She has been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list.
There will be displays at Windsor Racecourse and Legoland, local fireworks in Burnham and Twyford and smaller displays at schools in the Royal Borough.