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"Like hidden fairies": Granddaughter shares story of care

Herriot Hospice Homecare works across the communities of Hambleton and Richmondshire, caring for local people living with terminal illness and bereavement. Our services offer peace of mind and relief to families for whom caring for a loved one has become challenging.


Here, Caroline Wilson from Crayke, near York, shares her experience of the care we provided to her much-loved Grandma, Mrs Todd, who died in July last year, aged 91.


Caroline said: “My Grandma was a massive part of my life. Like a second mum to me, she would always be there to chat to, sharing her wisdom and perspective in a way that made me feel calm and supported.


“Growing up behind the farm where she lived, my sister and I would potter across the field and pop in for a cup of tea. Grandma would always say yes when we wanted a special treat or to go out for the day.


“She had an incredible work ethic, always keeping on top of the accounts for the family farm, and even totting up the figures on her 90th birthday, saying it was “her living!” Nonetheless, she’d always be sure to remind me when I needed to treat myself in between balancing my work and my small children.


“Grandma was a fantastic supporter of local businesses and gave years of loyal custom to Lewis & Cooper of Northallerton, who kept her stocked up with her groceries, and Pennita’s of Helmsley, who always kitted her out with most wonderfully glamourous clothes.


“She was an absolute powerhouse of a woman and a real tough cookie, but she never failed to put her family first and make time for us when we needed her. She was so good at forming genuine connections with people and putting them at ease.


“During the pandemic, my family and I including my aunties, uncle and dad rotated caring from Grandma round the clock and made sure she was never alone. In her last days though, helping Grandma move around became difficult and we didn’t want to hurt her without the correct technique.


“Herriot Hospice Homecare were like hidden fairies in Grandma’s final fortnight. They politely and respectfully supported our family, taking a load off as well as giving peace of mind that she would be comfortable. They knew just how to look after her with their expertise, helping with personal care and getting her into bed.


“Grandma was very keen to stay at home when she became frail, in the house that has been in our family for several generations. Having Herriot’s healthcare assistants come in three times a day meant she could be where she wanted: near her family and with a view of her beautiful garden with the colourful hydrangeas and pansies which she loved so much.


“We’re incredibly grateful to Herriot Hospice Homecare for the massive impact they made in helping our family manage Grandma’s care. “


Anyone wishing to donate to Herriot in memory of Mrs Todd can do so here:

Article Posted 1st February 2022

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North Yorkshire Hospice Care is a registered charity in England and Wales (518905) with a family of services operating as Herriot Hospice Homecare, Just 'B', Saint Michael's Hospice and Talking Spaces.

North Yorkshire Hospice Care is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales (2121179). Registered address Crimple House, Hornbeam Park Avenue, Harrogate, HG2 8NA.