Gail Duffy, Brighouse

"For the brief time that I spent at Abbeydale while visiting my mother, Bobby, as you all knew her, in the last days of her life.  I had the opportunity to witness first hand the love, care, compassion and respect that each and every one of you showed towards Mum and my family.  It seemed to me that she had become part of another family and that nothing was too much trouble for any of you.

It takes a special kind of person to do the work that you all do and the wonderful part about you all is, on top of your many varied duties and lousy days, you took time out to spend precious moments with my mother and become acquainted with her.  This made Mum feel like Abbeydale was truly her home away from home and most certainly this gave me so much peace of mind - living so very far away for her as I do.

You always seemed so bright and cheery when you came into Bobby's room, regardless of what troubles of your own you may have had.  Mum was a very private person and disliked a lot of fuss.  Abbeydale seems to have been able to strike the right balance with her and I have much appreciated this fact.

From the young man who cleaned Mum's room every day, the kitchen staff who tempted Mum with ice cream and jelly, the sweet girl who brought Mum's laundry back neatly folded and carefully put away, to the other wonderful ladies who bathed, soothed, brought countless cups of tea and held Mum's hand right to her last breath, I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart.

Abbeydale proved to be that special place where Mum could spend her final days in dignity, comfort, security and peace.

May God bless you all.  I will never forget your kindness."

Gail Duffy, Brighouse

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