Story 60

It was an honour to meet him

One spring day, in the later years of his life, Leonard Cheshire visited The Hill in Sandbach, Cheshire. The Hill was a large, old house donated by the Royed sisters, as were many of the Leonard Cheshire homes.

Keith Greenway

I was the chairman of the residents committee that welcomed our founder on that day. It was quite an honour to be in his company and eventually meet the great man himself.

Leonard Cheshire was so gentle. He asked me how long I had been here. I told him it had been four years. We discussed the home and what we did – I told him about our varied activities such as basket making, stool making and arts. Leonard was interested in the staff and if we were taken care of properly to his high standard.

I spent a considerable amount of time discussing the ins and outs of The Hill. What struck me more than anything was his gentle approach with real compassion and love. Leonard was a real gentleman with true passion for helping people less fortunate than himself.

It was an honour to meet him.

What struck me more than anything was his gentle approach with real compassion and love.