The charity originally set up by a former RAF pilot after the Second World War, has decided to sell care homes in Leeds, Sheffield and York as it believes some of its homes “are not in the right places”.
The charity’s care home residents include people with physical and sensory impairments, those with learning disabilities, older people and those with an acquired brain injury.
Homes effected include Champion House in Leeds, White Windows in Sowerby Bridge, Alne Hall near York, Kenmore in Cleckheaton and Mickley Hall in Sheffield.
A spokesperson from Leonard Cheshire said that the properties were not in the right places with easy access to community amenities and scope to grow, with all funds raised from the sale due to be invested in the provision of UK community, residential and outreach services.
A spokesperson said: “In 2018 all charities must continue to challenge themselves to make a bigger difference.
“Leonard Cheshire has set out to reach significantly 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.
“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.”