SEELY HIRST HOUSE was founded as a Charitable Trust in 1948, intended - to use the vernacular of the time - to provide support ‘for elderly persons of good character in necessitous circumstances’.
The home’s name was created in honour of two people who played significant roles in its coming into being. Mrs Gertrude Seely OBE, JP chaired the Sub Committee responsible for the establishment of the home. Mrs Hirst generously made the largest single donation to the funds required to set up the project, which was intended to benefit the community as a whole.
The home was initially created from the adjacent properties of 62 and 64 Mapperley Road - with No’s 66 and 68 being added later as the demand for quality care for the elderly grew.
The building can now cater for thirty eight residents - and boasts one of the highest staff to resident ratios in the City.
Despite the charity being completely financially self-supporting, through careful management by the staff and its Management Committee, Seely Hirst House has been continuously improved to its present high standards. Summer 2015 saw the bringing into service of a major extension to the rear of the property and extensive reshaping of the patio and garden areas.
Since its conception, Seely Hirst House’s connections with the community have been considered of prime importance. Though not involved in the day to day professional care, the home is most grateful for all the volunteers - including the Trustees -who give of their time supporting the home.