An Appreciation

At our Annual Celebration on 17th July, one of our members, Trude, talked about her experiences of MAEcare:

I am delighted to have the opportunity to speak to you about the wonderful support I have had and am having from MAECare.

I have been a member almost since its inception and have attended a computer course and been swimming with the ladies at the Lloyds Leisure Centre. However, it is only in the last year that I have appreciated fully the great service and help that MAECare provides to its members. In 2016, I suffered a stroke, which has greatly affected my life. I lost much of my sight, short-term memory and the feeling in my feet and fingers. I was now unable to use the computer and could neither read nor write. I believe that using the computer could keep me connected to everyday living.

I needed help as I had lost many of my skills of free living. MAECare provided this help through Barbara Bailey, a dedicated member of staff. Barbara has been instrumental in facilitating help for my needs. A volunteer was found to help me regain my computers skills.

A MAECare volunteer, Rachel K., was assigned to me. She is 23 years old and has just completed her training as an Occupational Health Therapist. She is very kind, very patient and a real pleasure with whom to be. Rachel visits me in her spare time and helps me to regain my computer skills. I value her visits greatly not only because of the help with computing but also for her patience and friendship.

It is heart-warming that there are people such as Rachel who give up some of their leisure time to help those of us who need support.

In conclusion I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all the MAECare staff and especially those who have been directly involved with me, for providing great support and friendship to all the members to enable them to lead fuller and happier lives. Once again very many thanks to all the staff and volunteers.