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Changing lives: volunteering helps teacher rebuild his life after a stroke

16th February 2016
in Gaskell House Blogs, Volunteering

I am convinced that had I not volunteered I would not have progressed either so far or so fast.

On the Wednesday 10 2016 the Heritage Lottery Fund came to the House to interview one of our excellent volunteers for their Changing Lives feature.

‘Mancunian teacher Nicholas Duffy was left with no feeling on his left-hand side after a stroke in January 2014.  But a visit to Elizabeth Gaskell’s house during the Manchester Literature Festival changed everything.  After their visit, Nicholas and his wife decided to volunteer. Although nervous at first, over time he became more and more comfortable, particularly due to the help and support of fellow volunteers, visitors and staff.’

Read the Heritage Lottery Fund article in full here.


Image Credit – Nigel Hillier

The guides brought the home alive. It was inspiring to hear about this woman and extraordinary family

Visitor to the House in 2021