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, with more than 200 guests visiting our first three Welcome Days. These included 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!
Clifford House is open to anyone affected by an illness that has no cure, at any stage of that journey, whatever its name – cancer, motor neurone disease, incurable heart, liver or lung conditions, AIDS, the list goes on.
Every day, guests are welcome to join in our activities, or simply take some time to relax in our house and gardens. There’s also many opportunities to find practical advice, through taking part in information sessions and support groups, speaking to our staff and volunteers, or by finding support from others living with illness.
“During our first week, we had 57 clients booked on to the majority of the 19 activities on offer that week,” said our Deputy Chief Executive, Judith Park. “Dancing for Health, Life Drawing and Complementary Therapies are proving particularly popular so far.”
Feedback from our visitors has been fantastic, with one of our opening week visitors commenting on Facebook: “Thank you so much for the wonderfully warm and friendly welcome. The house is truly a special place and you have done a fantastic job in getting it ready for opening.”
Another guest – who spoke to BBC Radio Sheffield during their visit to the house this Tuesday – said, “We came last Thursday to one of the open days. As soon as you see the building you think, ‘Brilliant.’ Then you walk in and the staff are so unbelievably friendly and knowledgeable. It inspires you to want to take part in the sessions. I’ve come this morning for the Tackling Fatigue session and it’s continued; I just find it fantastic.”
If you are affected by an illness with no cure, please feel free to drop in and take a look around during our opening hours of 10am-4pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Alternatively, you can book onto an activity here: http://clifford-house.eventbrite.co.uk
Listen to our full interview with Kat Cowan of BBC Radio Sheffield on iPlayer now (begins at 1:35:40).