We Care About A Happy Ending...

When Betty Parker arrived at The Knolls Care Home in January she was only able to move one toe, having suffered a debilitating stroke at her Leighton home, writes Laura Kempsell of the Leighton Buzzard Observer.

The septuagenarian had to be hoisted in order to be transferred and was anxious about her stay at the Plantation Road facility.

But the warm welcome from head of residential care Pat McGiff and home administrator Adam Johnson, during her needs assessment at Luton & Dunstable Hospital, quickly allayed her fears.

And now due to sheer grit and determination, Betty left The Knolls after nine months able to walk and climb stairs.  Staff and fellow residents threw the Tottenham Hotspur fan a dainty tea party to say a fond farewell and treated her to cards and gifts. 

Partygoers enjoyed a glass of Pimms – Betty’s favourite – to toast her health and continued rehabilitation and housekeeper Sue Joiner presented the lady of the moment with a special Spurs cake to take home.

One member of staff told the Leighton Buzzard Observer that mum-of-three Betty will be missed.

They said “Although pleased to see Betty rehabilitated, all feel they will miss her sunny smile and happy personality now she is going home.  She has been a very popular resident and has made us all laugh with her undying passion for her football team Tottenham Hotspur.

“A very keen supporter, Betty’s walls were adorned with posters, calendars and fixture list, and the breakfast table talk was dominated by discussions and friendly banter surrounding the premier league games and results.

“She took tongue in cheek delight in teasing staff members if her team beat theirs and the thing we will remember the most is Betty’s laughter and her smile – She is a delight to be around, always happy and always smiling whatever struggles she encountered.

“She will be very much missed by all her friends here at The Knolls.”

Betty, who grew up in Yorkshire and lived in Shrewsbury before moving to Leighton 20 years ago, said she was grateful to The Knolls staff who have helped her on her road to recovery.

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