Dean Grey’s mother-in-law, Maud recently moved into Northlea Court Care Home in Cramlington from her home town of Barnsley.
Recently Dean ran the 2017 Great North Run in aid of the Northlea Court Residents Fund. In his own words, this is what motivated him to do it:
"Maud lived in her own flat until recently. Unfortunately Maud suffers from Alzheimer’s and the progression of the disease meant that she was becoming increasingly confused. Her sister was finding it more and more difficult to help and Maud was taken into emergency care whilst my wife and I were away on holiday. It was obvious on our return that Maud wouldn't be able to return to her old flat in Barnsley and she came to stay with us. However, she kept leaving the house and getting lost. Consequently, we were unable to leave her on her own. As we both work, a solution had to be found and we were very fortunate in securing a place for Maud at Northlea Court.
“Although it is fair to say that we were all initially apprehensive she has now been here for a while and is gradually settling into her new home and making friends.
“I cannot speak highly enough of the care Maud has received since she was moved to Northlea and the support and advice the staff at the home have given my wife and I at a very difficult time. The professionalism of all the care workers and nurses is first rate and their efforts to make Northlea Court a comfortable, stimulating and safe home for all the residents are exemplary. I am also impressed that every time I have visited (nearly every day since Maud arrived) I have always been met by a ready and genuine smile. It is comforting to know that your relative is in a place where they will be well cared for and their physical and mental needs monitored and looked after."
Dean's time for the run was 2hrs 33 mins! Well done Dean for your amazing achievement and thank you for the money you raised for Northlea Court.
Date published: 14 December 2017