Help us create wonderful memories this Christmas

Help St Luke's create wonderful memories this Christmas for local people and their families who are affected by incurable illnesses.

St Luke's and Clifford House are all about living and creating wonderful and lasting memories for you and others to treasure. Many of our most powerful memories are created at this time of year.

Anthony is a patient at St Luke's, as well as a visitor at Clifford House. Here he explains how St Luke's supports him to live to the full, creating great memories, whether it's Christmas or just an ordinary day.

Anthony's Story

"Some people think St Luke's is a place that you go to die; but I think St Luke's is a place you go when you want to live.

I've had a run of bad luck with prostate and tongue cancer, but the one thing that struck me, when I went to St Luke's for the first time, was that everyone cared - like no place I've come across.

Each week I can visit Therapies and Rehabilitations Centre for a massage; having my feet massaged helps enormously - it relaxes me and eliminates the nausea from my cancer. I always come out feeling so much better; a normal human being again.

Now that Clifford House is open, I've been able to visit this new part of St Luke's and benefit from a different sort of support.

Just being able to discuss various aspects of my condition with like-minded people, hear about different ways of coping and managing, and meeting other people in a similar position – all of this helps you feel less isolated and able to make every day a day you can achieve something, however small that something is.

And I think that's the message of St Luke's - to help you to be positive – to continue, to help you to help yourself.

I live alone, but I won't be alone this Christmas – they're always there for me when I need them the most."

Keith's Story

"It has improved my lifestyle to no end... I can't believe how much of my life has changed in the last six weeks."

Keith has been a regular visitor at Clifford House since our first Welcome Week in September. Here he shares his story of the activities he's taken part in - including everything from exercises classes and fatigue management sessions to to African drumming and life drawing - and the enormous difference they have made to his life.

Joan's First Email

After booking onto one of our Getting to Grips with Technology, Joan learned how to use emails to send a picture to her relatives in Canada, thanks to the help of Patrick and Mark.

At these sessions you can learn anything you'd like to know about technology, whether you'd like to set up your own email address, use Facebook to stay in touch with friends and family, or find out answers to any question using Google.

Of course, If you're reading this post then you're probably already fairly tech savvy, but if you feel there's more to learn, then book yourself onto a session! Or perhaps you have a friend or relative who would like a helping hand using their phone or computer; if so please show them this video.

Getting To Grips with Technology takes place weekly on Wednesday mornings from 10am to 12pm. Open to anybody in Sheffield affected by an illness with no cure, all you have to do is book your half-hour slot by visiting our booking site.

Alternatively you can call 0114 235 7650 (Tuesday to Thursday, 10am - 4pm) or email cliffordhouseenquiries@hospicesheffield.co.uk

Halloween at Clifford House

To celebrate Halloween, Clifford House underwent a spooky transformation, complete with bubbling cauldrons, ghostly cobwebs and levitating candles.

Our guests and their families from across Sheffield came to join in the fun, taking part in all kinds of Halloween fun - including pumpkin carving, mask decoration, face painting and a spooky treasure hunt. We'd like to say a big thank you to all who came, especially those who wowed us with their fantastic costumes!

Take a look at our photos below. You can click on any image to enlarge it. To scroll though the images, click on the arrows that appear when you hover over the left or right of the image.

What's On November-December 2017

Our What's On guide for November - December 2017 is now available.

Download a copy here (print it out, stick it on your fridge, or keep it in your diary!) or click on the images below to see large versions of the timetable.

Due to popular demand...

We're continuing many of our activities from September and October, including your favourites such as Cinema Club, Dancing for Health, Life Drawing and Creative Writing.

Our Complementary Therapies have proved especially popular, so we are now offering these sessions every day.  You can now book a half hour slot from 10am-12pm on Wednesdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 2pm-4pm on Thursday afternoons. Book online or call 0114 235 7650 to speak to a member of staff.

 

Get ready for Christmas

On Wednesdays throughout December we are offering a gift wrapping service; bring your gifts and we will wrap them for you. We've also put on a festive program of feel good films, crafts and games to get you in the Christmas spirit. There's something for everyone - whether you fancy shedding a tear to 'It's a Wonderful Life,' making personalised Christmas cards to send to your family and friends, or joining in with a Christmas sing a long. Mince pies are on the house!

Join us for Halloween

Come and join us on Tuesday 31st October for a special Halloween morning, free for all the family!

Take part in a host of spooky activities, enjoy a family-friendly film and treat yourself to our Halloween-themed goodies. There'll be a prize for the best costume, so don't forget to come dressed in your best ghoulish get-up.

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Clifford House Welcome Days attract more than 200 visitors

Clifford House Welcome Days attract more than 200 visitors

How time flies – our first set of Welcome Days have been and gone, and we’ve already sped through a full week of activities!

We’re pleased to say that during these crucial first days, Clifford House has been hailed a success. We had more than 200 guests visit us during our first three Welcome Days; including not only those directly affected by incurable illnesses, but curious family members, carers, and healthcare professionals. The vast majority of our guests have also booked onto activities over the coming weeks – so, we look forward to welcoming you back soon!