Tony’s Story: The Power of Poetry
The popular Chideock resident is being cared for by our Family Support team, and sharing his work on YouTube
Tony Fuller is 87, and lives in the picturesque Dorset village of Chideock. He has been a keen and talented poet since the age of 10, and poetry is providing a lifeline for him at the moment.
Tony and his wife Pam relocated to the county in 2002, moving from Bristol for their retirement. The couple had known each other for very nearly fifty years, and were married on 5th December, 1974.
Pam passed away at our Inpatient Unit in Dorchester in March, following a four year battle with cancer.
“She had always said no to going into the hospice,” Tony told us. “But after things became complicated she turned to me one day and said she wanted to go. Not tomorrow – now. I phoned up, and they took her in that afternoon”.
Pam was cared for at our IPU for nine weeks, before she died.
Tony is full of praise for the Weldmar Hospicecare team. “It was the best time we’d had for a long time. I was able to be Pam’s husband again, instead of her carer. They looked after both of us wonderfully. They even made sure I had a proper meal, which made a world of difference as I was at home on my own.”
Pam had been an active member of the local W.I. for a number of years, and Tony recalls something that happened during her stay at the hospice. “The W.I. decided to hold their meeting at the hospice. The staff made it possible for this to happen in the Orangery, so all the members trooped in, and Pam was able to be part of the meeting from her bed.”
Tony continues to be cared for by Weldmar Hospicecare’s Family Support team. He’s been speaking to Emma Weston, our Beareavement and Counselling Lead, who has encouraged him to turn his love of poetry into a project.
“Poetry allows me to express myself”, says Tony, “in a way that I can’t do if I’m just talking to someone. I can talk about my feelings and thoughts, and it it gives me so much freedom.”
Tony has put together volumes of his poetry over the years, and now, with Emma’s encouragement, is aiming to raise money for Weldmar by reading some of his latest works on YouTube. Once his videos reach a certain number of views, they will start generating revenue from adverts.
He plans to continue writing and recording them.
We thank Tony for sharing his story, and his comments about the exceptional care he and Pam received from Weldmar Hospicecare.