BE UPLIFTED BY THE HUMAN SPIRIT

Queensburgh Cheshire Home is a remarkable haven. A sense of peace resounds as you walk through the gardens and the Home. This peace is juxtaposed against the daily battle that staff and residents endure to face the obstacles of disability, coupled with the challenge of the financial demands of running the Home. This brochure introduces a few of the personalities in the Home who are in a word ‘inspirational’ and who demonstrate the incredible strength of the human spirit.

THE FORMATION OF CHESHIRE HOMES

In 1948 Group Captain Lord Leonard Cheshire, VC, OM, DSO, DFC, an acknowledged British World War II pilot (pictured in his military atire to the right), was driven by compassion and took into his home a dying destitute 75-year-old man. His gesture was selfless, as he felt that ordinary men and women were duty bound to assist those less fortunate.

From this generous act, a movement spread throughout the United Kingdom and beyond, and today there are over 300 Cheshire Homes in 57 countries. In 1965 a visitor from the UK realised that there was a desperate need for a service for disabled people in South Africa. She drove the project and the first home, the Queensburgh Cheshire Home, was opened in 1965. Today there are 6 branches in Kwa-Zulu Natal and 16 Homes in South Africa - further spreading Group Captain Cheshire’s vision of people caring beyond themselves.

OUR REASON FOR BEING

Queensburgh Cheshire Home, the oldest Home in South Africa, has been caring for and supporting residents with physical disabilities since 1965.

Located 10 minutes from Durban in Queensburgh Kwa-Zulu Natal, the Home strives to assist adult
live-in residents who require significant aid with their daily living. The staff aim to enhance quality of life through their friendly and compassionate nature and by assisting residents to become as independent as their disabilities will allow. These disabilities are as a result of injury, illness and/or degenerative disorders. Supporting residents with the basic needs of bathing, dressing, eating and where possible rehabilitation, is a daily focus for staff.

Residents are offered income generating opportunities, outings and transport to encourage integration in their community. Reciprocally, the Home offers outreach services which include; respite care and providing food and clothing to abandoned children.