How a house becomes a home
Thursday 8th November 2012, 8:00AM GMT.
For 25 years the Guernsey Cheshire Home has been providing care for people with severe disabilities. Shaun Shackleton went along to meet the people who live and work there and discovered a home-from-home that Guernsey can be proud of…
IN 1985 a £50,000 loan helped towards the purchase of the home’s base, Shorncliffe House in the Rohais.
Twenty-five years later, Guernsey’s Cheshire Home, which is totally self-supporting, has 11 full-time residents and also offers an important lifeline in day care or short-stay care in order to provide a change of environment for disabled people and, vitally, respite for those who look after them.
It costs £40,000 to keep the place running, so continuous fundraising and awareness is essential, and fundraiser Alex Jenner helps to raise the profile of the home through the media and a lot of hard work.
With 11 living at Shorncliffe permanently, plus those who go in for day care and short stay care and 40 members of staff, Guernsey Cheshire Home maintains a home-from-home atmosphere.
‘Marlene [Place], the first head of home, was very keen to make this a home and I, along with all the staff, will be carrying on what she put in place,’ said head of home Nicholas Mountain, pictured above.
- See today’s Guernsey Press for our two-page special feature on the Guernsey Cheshire Home.
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