The Summerstrand Cheshire Home, situated in Gomery Avenue, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, was opened in 1975 by the late Professor Jan Christiaan Barnard. The Home caters for chronically physically disabled adults who come to live their lives there, either by choice, or because of circumstances beyond their control. Our residents range from the ages of 18 onwards.
Today, some 43 years later, we have a wonderful Home, that accommodates 55 disabled adults. Forty residents live in the main Home, while the others live in specially designed, independent cottages. The late, Lord Leonard Cheshire's vision was always that Cheshire Homes be run along the lines of a normal family home.
This is our constant challenge - to provide as homely an atmosphere for people who have been so debilitated by various disabilities. Dedicated staff and a team of invaluable volunteers contribute towards maintaining this very important service to the disabled community of the Eastern Cape and beyond.
In addition the Home has an outreach programme, Khaya Cheshire, in Walmer Township. This is a “Care and Development Centre” for physically/mentally disabled children whom we strive to teach and get back into the mainstream of education.