August 2nd, 2012 by Richard Lord
All but two of the Guernsey Cheshire Home residents cannot reach the property’s lower garden because the garden lift has been broken for almost four years.
Karen Franklin, Administrator, says a replacement lift is on the Guernsey Cheshire Home’s wish list but £20,000 is required.
The lift is as old as the Home, which is celebrating its 25th year of operation.
The lift has been repaired many times but components keep wearing out, and now it is time to replace the whole lift.
The Home has looked at constructing a ramp to the lower garden but the steepness required for the ramp is too great, and unsafe, to be negotiated in a wheelchair.
The Home is requiring extensive remedial work, which is costing over £100,000.
“The building has had a lot of damp, and it has to be repaired because our residents cannot live in a damp building so repairing the building is a priority,” Karen Franklin said.
The Guernsey Cheshire Home costs about £1 million to operate annually.
If a benefactor comes forward or a fund raising appeal can raise £20,000, the lift would be replaced, and the Guernsey Cheshire Home would develop a sensory garden in the lower garden for the benefit of residents, who would enjoy and look after it.
The Guernsey Cheshire Home residents enjoy growing their own herbs in wheelchair accessible raised beds.
The lower garden, which the residents cannot access, has apple and pear trees.
If a company or an individual is willing to make a donation to replace the Guernsey Cheshire Home garden lift please email admin.cheshirehome @guernsey.net or telephone 720578 for further information.