About our Residents
Guernsey Cheshire Home is very much a home but with nursing care. Far removed from the perception of a sterile hospital facility, we provide a range of services for adults with physical disabilities within the comfort of a relaxing and family environment.
Our residents make sure their home has a lively atmosphere. At their request we offer a wide range of activities, including arts and crafts, cooking, gardening and music. We hold events throughout the year at the home, such as exhibitions and musical entertainment, where we invite local people to join in the fun.
Our fully trained staff work hard to ensure that everybody is happy and comfortable in their home. We support our residents to be independent and to take part in community activities as they wish. All our residents can decorate their rooms however they wish and have access to come and go as they please. This independence means they can contribute to society and enjoy the freedom a hospital type facility could never provide.
Leonard Cheshire Disability
On 22 May 1948, former RAF pilot Leonard Cheshire took a dying man, who had nowhere else to go, into his home. With no money, Leonard nursed the man himself. They became friends and this one act of kindness saw many more people coming to Leonard for help, people who were keen to share a home with others and all chip in together.
Almost without him having to try, by the summer of 1949 his home of Le Court, in Hampshire, had 24 residents with complex needs, illnesses and impairments. As word spread, referrals came from the new NHS hospitals already struggling to cope with waiting lists of people needing urgent care.
Disabled people were at the very bottom of the list of NHS priorities at the time, often left to manage on their own, or rely on others to help them get through each day. As Le Court became established, people from different parts of the UK and then the world began to rally in response to local need for similar homes in their communities. The charity now known as Leonard Cheshire Disability had begun.
By 1955, there were five homes in the UK and the first overseas project had begun outside Mumbai in India. The 1960s saw rapid expansion and by 1960 there were over 50 services in the UK, five in India and activities in 21 other countries around the world. Now well established as a pioneering provider of care services, Leonard Cheshire Disability began to diversify and the early 1970s saw it trialling a care in the community project on the UK south coast. Rolled out successfully, support at home became one of the many services now offered by Leonard Cheshire Disability.
Although no direct funding is provided by Leonard Cheshire Disability, as a member of the Leonard Cheshire Disability Global Alliance the Guernsey Cheshire Home can call upon its vast range of services and skills when required.
Robert Shepherd / Chairman
Rob is an Advocate and was formerly a Partner at Mourant Ozannes. He is now a Consultant to Mourant Ozannes as well as a number of family trusts and is training to be a Business Coach. He has been Chairman of the Cheshire Home since . Though his best footballing days are perhaps behind him, he’s still happy to turn out for the Home’s Muratti team against the Jersey Cheshire Home – as soon as it can be rearranged!
Barrie Duerden / Director
Barrie Duerden is an experienced financial services professional from Guernsey and has more than 30 years’ experience in the investment and wealth management industry. He re-joined Credit Suisse in 2016 having spent 10 years there earlier in his career. Barrie enjoys outdoor pursuits such as sea swimming, the Cheshire Home Boxing Day Dip is a firm family favourite. He has also completed several ‘ultra marathons’ including two 100 mile runs in aid of the Guernsey Cheshire Home. He’s always up for a challenge!
David Leafe / Director
David is a HR consultant who previously worked with major companies in the international finance industry. He is Chairman of the GTA University Centre and on the board of Drug Concern. David assists the Home’s management in HR matters and also with facility and building aspects to ensure the maintenance of the infrastructure and sustainability of the building and the services provided.
Paul Ockleford / Director
Paul is an experienced financial services professional with nearly 30 years’ experience who moved to Guernsey with his family 22 years ago. Currently managing his Consultancy business and representing clients in Guernsey, Gibraltar and Malta.
Paul is a qualified trustee and holder of the Society of Estate Practitioners (STEP) and Trustees International Diploma and the Institute of Directors (IOD) Diploma in Company Direction.
Nikki Harrison / Director
Nikki Harrison joined St John Ambulance Guernsey in 2015 and was appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer in July this year, having previously been Chief Operating Officer since 2018 and Operations Manager before that. As CEO Nikki oversees all aspects of the work of the St John charity in Guernsey.
Mrs Harrison has been instrumental in the restructuring of the organisation during the past two years. During 2020 Nikki oversaw the charity’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, which included the delivery of food and medicines to people in isolation, the volunteer ambulance decontamination team, Caring Callers and the Channel Islands Seaweed hand sanitiser. The role also involved co-ordinating the community-wide volunteer effort – Volunteer Guernsey, which involved liaison with the Community Foundation, Association of Guernsey Charities, Guernsey Isolation support group, other charities and States of Guernsey departments. In 2019 Nikki led the St John team co-ordinating the first aid cover for the 2019 Island Games in Gibraltar.
Nikki was appointed as a Member of the Order of St John in 2019. In 2021 Nikki was recognised for services to the community in Guernsey during the Covid-19 pandemic by becoming a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Year’s Honours.
Nikki joined the board in 2021.
Susan Bowditch / Secretary
Susan has been involved with the Guernsey Cheshire Home since 2007, originally as Secretary to the Foundation Committee, and since 2010 when Guernsey Cheshire Home was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee, as Secretary to the Board of the LBG. Susan has worked in the finance industry in Guernsey for more than 30 years, primarily in the fiduciary sector, in a variety of company secretarial and compliance roles.
Nic Mountain / Home Manager
Nic has worked in nursing for over 30 years and has been the Home’s manager for five of those. He is responsible for the day-today running of the Home and the care of all full time residents and respite visitors.
The Real Home From Home
The Guernsey Cheshire Home has one aim: to provide care and opportunity for people with serious physical disabilities in as close to a family atmosphere as possible. Equally important though, is the preservation of dignity and individual independence, and providing residents with the absolute right to live a life of their own choosing within a family environment.
The Guernsey Cheshire Home has one aim: to provide care and opportunity for people with serious physical disabilities in as close to a family atmosphere as possible. Equally important though, is the preservation of dignity and individual independence, and providing residents with the absolute right to live a life of their own choosing within a family environment. The Home is a unique facility that for more than thirty years has been providing a high level of care for islanders with serious physical disabilities such as multiple sclerosis, spinal injury, strokes, motor neurone disease, arthritis and the effects of accidents. It provides a home for people who need constant care and are unable to live in their own home.
The Home first opened its doors in 1987 and was the brainchild of a group of pioneering islanders who recognised the need for a dedicated care facility for those local residents suffering with severe physical disability. They wanted to create an environment far removed from the geriatric facility that many people with disability resided within at that time. A Steering Committee was appointed and together they raised enough money from donations to buy and then refurbish a property in the Rohais, St Peter Port called Shorncliffe.
Today, Shorncliffe is home to 11 full time residents and a number of respite visitors all managing the challenge of severe physical disability aged from their 20s to 80s. The home provides full time care for local residents suffering from many severe physical disabilities including multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, spinal injuries, arthritis and the devastating effects of permanent paralysis.
The Home provides a real family atmosphere where residents have their own rooms, decorated and furnished how they want.
Activities are provided every day including trips out, all with a focus on living an independent and rewarding life, something they would never receive in a hospital environment. The Home also provides specialist medical care with registered nurses, physiotherapists and posture specialists a vital part of the team. The home provides trips out through our volunteer carers and activity staff. There is a fleet of disabled vehicles the residents can call upon whenever they require a visit away from the Home.
It will possibly comes as some surprise that the Guernsey Cheshire Home receives no direct funding from the States of Guernsey or the Leonard Cheshire Disability. Therefore, the Home must raise £1,100,000 every year in order to maintain this level of care and service. Through the kind donations of islanders and an extensive calendar of fund raising activity, the Home is able to sustain its viability. Without the Guernsey Cheshire Home, these islanders living with the affects of disability would have a very different and difficult existence in Guernsey.
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