Entries by Rebecca Cassidy


Blythe House set to undergo major revamp thanks to national charity and goodwill of local professionals

The reception, porch and a bathroom area at Blythe House Hospicecare are set to undergo a major transformation to ensure the building is accessible to all visitors. The hospice is delighted to be working alongside CRASH, a national charity that is supporting the project by drawing on the professional skills, materials and financial generosity of […]


January coffee morning at Alderbrook Day Centre, Chinley

Blythe House’s reception area is set to undergo a refurbishment very soon and so our monthly coffee mornings will not take place at the hospice as usual, due to access issues. Our next coffee morning is set to take place from 10am to 1pm on Friday 17th January at Alderbrook Day Centre, Buxton Road, Chinley, […]

What on earth is this?

From time to time we find interesting antique or vintage items that prove to be very difficult to identify. Recently I came across a finely carved small wooden item which seemed to have some sort of electrical connections and attachments. Towards the bottom there seems to be an area cut to take 10 or 12 […]

Sheila’s story

Sheila Darcy qualified as a nurse specialising in mental health in 1976, beginning her career at Cheadle Royal Hospital. The self-confessed night owl undertook different roles covering mental health, accident and emergency, Alzheimer’s and acute services, at local hospitals including Stepping Hill and Manchester Royal Infirmary. The Disley resident found out about Blythe House’s Hospice […]

Huggy’s story

Kevin Hawley, affectionately known as Huggy, started to attend Blythe House in 2018 after being diagnosed with carcinoid syndrome. Huggy’s loveable nickname came about in 1976, when he was a firefighter in Derby; with colleagues taking inspiration from the hit TV show, Starsky and Hutch. Huggy, who worked as a firefighter for 35 years across […]