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Carers’ day out

Carers were treated to a blast from the past at Weldmar’s annual day out

People who have used Weldmar’s carers’ groups, or who are currently caring for loved ones registered with Weldmar, climbed aboard a train at Swanage Railway for a delicious cream tea, organised by Weldmar’s Specialist Palliative Care Social Worker Jo Jury.

For some, it was a day’s respite from caring for their partner at home. Others, who have lost their partners and now attend the Seaview Club at Trimar Hospice in Weymouth, it was the chance to renew friendships.

Christine Barnes from Weymouth said: “I used to go to the carers’ group to get out and meet people. My husband was bedridden, and it was quite hard. Nurses came in twice a day and he went in to the hospice several times to have his medication sorted. For the last three weeks he’s been in the hospice and they were absolutely wonderful. I don’t know what we would have done without them.

“A few times I just had to phone up and they were there straight away if we had an emergency. I remember one time where I was at the end of my tether and they were there in five minutes. Even now we go to the Seaview Club and do arts and crafts and meet great friends. The carers’ group makes you feel like you’re in the same boat as everyone else, and you don’t feel embarrassed about asking silly questions. I used to go home feeling much happier in myself. It gave me a new lease of life. It’s been a godsend.”

Former caravan holidays housekeeper Angela Flowers, and Pat Davis, met for the first time on the trip. They are both caring for their partners at home, with help from Weldmar’s Community Nurses.

Pat said: “My partner has gone in to the hospice for a week’s respite, so I’m off to do all the things I can’t when he’s at home, such as stay at a hotel. There comes a time when you have to ask for a bit of help. He’s always been so positive but he was getting a bit low. We needed this week”

Christine Wareham from Weymouth, said: “I’ve been going to the carers’ group for five years, but I had to stop last year when I lost my husband. But I still go to the Seaview Club. The group helped tremendously, I don’t know what I would have done without them. The support they offer, emotional and practical, was wonderful. I only had to phone and somebody would be straight out”.

Jo Jury, Weldmar’s Specialist Palliative Care Social Worker said “Everyone at Weldmar understands how difficult it is at times for carers. One small way of supporting them is by being able to provide days out or events that provide space and time especially for them. It is thanks to the continuing support of our local community, through their kind donations and attendance at our fundraising events, that we can provide this and all our other services across Dorset. Thank you”.

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