Following the success of its 30th anniversary celebrations in 2013, Jersey Cheshire Home is setting another target – to raise funding for a major renovation of its hydrotherapy centre.
Physiotherapy and activities supervised by the Home’s permanent physiotherapy team are not just vital for each resident’s rehabilitation, recovery and well-being. The facilities include a swimming pool, exercise and treatment rooms, and are used by more than 200 outside users each week, including Islanders with MS and Parkinson’s.
Having been in daily use for more than two decades, the swimming pool and hydrotherapy centre requires a complete renovation – a project that will cost £285,000.
The Home’s General Manager, David Lord, says they have got off to a promising start.
‘We are very pleased to announce that we have already obtained pledges for more than £100,000 for this project,’ he said. ‘It will also be the target for money raised by the Jersey Cheshire Home Trek Slovenia 2015 challenge. Nevertheless, that still leaves us a significant amount of money to raise. We hope that the many individuals, organisations and businesses who rallied to our worthy cause last year during our year to inspire, will now support the latest appeal.’
The Multiple Sclerosis Society Jersey is just one of many outside users of the home’s facilities.
The Chairman, Karen Eeles, said: ‘Jersey Cheshire Homes provides our members with a safe environment, with qualified staff in which to exercise and help stay active. Members enjoy meeting up and having exercise classes that are tailored to meet their specific needs. The facilities Jersey Cheshire Homes offer, support many organisations and our members definitely enjoy the benefits from these services.’
The Chairman of the Jersey Branch of Parkinson’s, Eileen Smith, also lent her support to the fundraising campaign.
‘The service the Jersey Cheshire Home provides is fantastic. A core group of our members uses the facilities throughout the week for fun sessions with their carers and one-to-one sessions with the physiotherapists. This service is very important and we can see the benefit it has for all who use the facilities,’ she said.
Mr Lord said the Home was working on ways to raise the funds and anyone wanting to help could contact him.
‘Whether it is ideas, pledges or simple cash donations – all will be very welcome,’ he said.
Last year’s 30th anniversary celebrations – A Year to Inspire – were so successful they enabled the Home to meet its fundraising total of £300,000, install a new lift and to raise the profile of the home across the community.