I am writing to express my gratitude for the help and support that I have received from the Mark Welfare Officer and Cleeves and Whitehead Trust.
Eight years ago I was diagnosed with Leukaemia and spent several weeks in St James’s Hospital, Leeds, undergoing chemo-therapy which has proved successful. Shortly after my returning home my wife, Eileen, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.
The progress of the disease was slowed with drugs until 3 years ago when she was admitted to hospital in a serious condition. After 9 weeks she was returned home but was no longer able to walk freely and the steps up to the house were not ‘wheelchair friendly’. Discussions with the council welfare staff resulted in their agreeing that some major work was required but this was unlikely to be achievable in the near future due to financial constraints and the provision of a wheelchair could take several weeks.
At this point I received a visit from our Mark Provincial welfare officers who, on seeing my problem, immediately arranged the delivery of a wheelchair and portable ramp, financed the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust, to negotiate the house steps. These were still in use until Eileen was confined to bed a few days before her death. There were no complicated bureaucratic procedures, the need was perceived and the solution was immediately supplied.
Eileen and I had not had a break for 7 years and I received a call from the Welfare Officer offering us a week’s holiday in August 2014, at ‘The Waynes’, a care home in Bridlington, financed the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust. We took up the offer and it proved to be a complete break for both of us and holds some very happy memories.
I therefore wish to offer my heartfelt thanks to the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust, The Mark Welfare Officers and the ‘invisible bureaucracy’ which helped to make the last 3 years more pleasant for my late wife and more bearable for me.
R M Allen