THE future of a home for disabled adults in Bournemouth is uncertain after it was put up for sale by the charity which runs it.

James Burns House is one of 17 services run by Leonard Cheshire which is on the market as a going concern.

A spokesman for the charity said interest in the home, in Greenways Avenue, is strong.

James Burns House provides support for physically disabled adults in a friendly and safe home.

The purpose-built home has 21 bedrooms, two kitchenettes and a garden with raised flower beds. Residents are offered the chance to take part in a wide range of activities including games and crafts.

It was rated as Good in its most recent inspection by the Care Quality Commission.

Trustees of the charity, which runs similar homes across the UK, made a decision to sell the homes in July and staff, residents and relatives were informed.

A spokesman for the charity said sales are not expected to complete before Spring 2019.

He added: “We know this is a difficult and worrying time for many, including the residents and their families, and we will be supporting them throughout this process.

“The continuity and quality of support, and the welfare of all residents is our top priority during this period as we look to secure a new provider.”

He said charities are challenging themselves to make a bigger difference and Leonard Cheshire hopes to help more disabled people.

“To make this ambition a reality we have had to make some difficult decisions about some of our services. A small minority of our properties are not in the right places with easy access to community amenities and with scope to grow. Other providers are better placed to make long-term investment in these services. There is huge unmet need across the country in the support that is available to enable disabled people to live as independently as possible, whatever their ability. Leonard Cheshire must be at the heart of building a more inclusive society. All funds raised from this sale will be invested in the provision of UK community, residential and outreach services.”