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Dr. Bob Bors Coleus Breeding/Cheshire Homes of Saskatoon Plant Sale Fundraiser
Come out for a night of horticultural entertainment with Dr. Bob Bors and Crossmount cider!
Tickets $20 (includes one potted Coleus plant and a 6oz glass of Crossmount Cider)
Additional Coleus plants for sale $10.
Half of all proceeds go towards Chesire Homes of Saskatoon’s accessibility improvement project. (cheshirehomessaskatoon.com)
Cheshire Homes of Saskatoon – History
Cheshire Homes of Saskatoon is part of the Leonard Cheshire Disability Global
Alliance, a network of over 200 independently managed Cheshire organizations. The
members work in 54 countries across Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe. With
more than a billion people with disabilities – 15% of the world’s population – they are
one of the most disadvantaged and marginalized groups in society. Global Alliance
members are united by a desire to change the attitude towards disability around the
world, supporting each other through sharing skills and experience. Each Cheshire
organization has its own independent governance structure and individual NGO status.
The beginning of Cheshire Homes dates back to May 22, 1948 when Leonard
Cheshire, a former RAF pilot, took a dying man, who had nowhere else to go, into his
home. With no money, Leonard nursed the man himself and they became friends. His
one act of kindness saw many more people coming to Leonard for help and by the
summer of 1949 his home had 24 residents with complex needs, illnesses and
impairments. As word spread, referrals came from the new NHS hospitals already
struggling to cope with waiting lists of people needing urgent care. These were the
beginnings of the charity now known as Leonard Cheshire Disability. By 1955 there
were five homes in the United Kingdom and the first overseas project had begun
outside Mumbai in India.
In Saskatoon, the seeds of Cheshire Homes began when Dr. and Mrs. John Owen were
asked by Captain Leonard Cheshire to determine if there was a need in Western
Canada for a home that provided physically challenged adults with accessible and
comfortable homes while providing personal support services. On January 19, 1970
registration for Cheshire Homes of Saskatoon was effected under the Societies Act of
Saskatchewan. Cheshire Homes came into being with Dr. Owen as the first president.
Construction on the first special care home for physically disabled persons began in
the fall of 1972 and the first residents moved into the home in July 1975. Construction
on the second home was started in fall of 1978 and was completed in May 1979. This
was followed by two more homes which were completed in 1983 and 2011. Today the
property consists of four houses with six to ten residents per home; these are Dr. John
Owen House, Liberty House, Freedom House and Independence House.
The mission statement for Cheshire Homes of Saskatoon is: “providing an accessible,
comfortable home with personal support services for adults with physical disabilities”.
Currently, we are fully engaged in a fundraising project to raise sufficient funds to
upgrade the paving and sewer infrastructure at Cheshire Homes.
Costs for this project are substantial and everyone at Cheshire Homes of Saskatoon
would like to extend their thanks to The Glen at Crossmount for choosing Cheshire
Homes of Saskatoon as the recipient organization for funds raised through this event.
We are very grateful for your support.