Unorthodox Rent Payment for Naomi House


Posted by Andy Goddard

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Unusual rent payment for Naomi House

A 13 year old from Andover has helped Naomi House children’s hospice pay the charity’s unusual annual rent to its generous landlords.

Until her death in January of this year, Naomi House & Jacksplace paid an annual rent of twelve red roses to its landlady, Mary Cornelius-Reid, each Midsummer’s Day.


This year the responsibility for receiving the rent fell to Mrs. Cornelius-Reid’s youngest daughter, Naomi, after whom the hospice was named, and elder daughter Rosemary who normally resides in New Zealand.

At a small ceremony at Sutton Manor Nursing home, owned by the Cornelius-Reid family and situated close to the children’s hospice, Naomi accepted a beautiful bouquet of roses from 13 year old Connor.

Connor, who stays at the hospice for respite care, was aided by the Naomi House nursing team as he presented Naomi with the hospice’s rent.


Naomi House Unusual rent payment

This act of charity by any other name would be as sweet.


Chris Robinson is Chief Executive at the Naomi House and Jacksplace:


“Mary Cornelius-Reid was a great lover of tradition and it is wonderful that we can keep this tradition alive.

“It is a special day for Naomi House and we look forward to welcoming the Cornelius-Reid family to Naomi House next Midsummer’s Day to receive our rent payment and see our newly refurbished building.”


When it was decided to build Naomi House nearly two decades ago, the charity struggled to find a suitable and affordable location on which to site the hospice.

Mrs. Cornelius-Reid generously offered the land next to her care home, Sutton Manor, in Sutton Scotney.

The only conditions upon this long lease were that Naomi House be named after her youngest daughter Naomi, and the charity pay a rent of one dozen red roses each year, traditionally on Midsummer’s Day.


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But roses are still nice too.


Naomi House & Jacksplace hospices care for life-limited and life-threatened children and their families from across central southern England.

Naomi House hospice is currently closed for major refurbishment and the charity is in the process of raising more than £4 million to complete the building work.