Entertainer and comedian, Bernie Clifton, now aged 82, was cracking jokes non-stop with Day Hospice patients and staff when he made a visit Ashgate Hospicecare in Old Brampton, Chesterfield, last week.
Bernie, who now lives in Barlow, Derbyshire, came to Chesterfield to work and has lived most of his life local to the Hospice. Bernie was more than happy to come and perform for the patients; singing and playing his guitar whilst going through stories of his life in show business.
Gail Fawbert, Day Hospice nurse, said, “Bernie was fantastic! He was so excited to come and see the patients and chat to everyone. The patients had a wonderful time and it was great to see them all laughing and clapping along. We even brought in one gentleman from the ward and his wife, who also loved the show. We really look forward to welcoming Bernie back in the future!”
Bernie spent the whole of the afternoon at the Hospice. Ending his performance with his rendition of One Moment In Time, and recollecting his time on BBC’s The Voice.
Bernie said: “It was an absolute pleasure to visit Ashgate Hospicecare. I know about the amazing care they provide to people across North Derbyshire, so to come in and talk to patients and provide a bit of entertainment was the least I could do. I’ll certainly be glad to come back!”
Although disappointed that Bernie didn’t bring his ostrich, the patients, staff and volunteers at Ashgate Hospicecare had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon and extend their thanks to Bernie for giving his time to put a show together for them.