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South Holland carers bring spring to Holbeach woman




A pair of compassionate carers have given a terminally ill woman an early taste of spring by filling her house with flowers.

Yvonne Candler loves the spring and feared that she might not see her favourite season after being diagnosed with lung cancer last year.

Two of her carers, Fiona Blundell and Bethany Ford, were listening and ensured that Yvonne and her husband Ray are surrounded by flowers in their Holbeach home after approaching a number of businesses.

Yvonne Candler was given a special surprise by carers Fiona Blundell May and Bethany Ford (44246902)
Yvonne Candler was given a special surprise by carers Fiona Blundell May and Bethany Ford (44246902)

Now Yvonne’s daughter Denise has put out a special thank you to Fiona and Bethany for bringing a smile to her mum’s face.

Denise, who lives in Peterborough and posted a thank you message over Facebook, said: “I am so grateful to Fiona and Bethany for the care they are providing my mum, because she is so special, and for her final weeks or months to know that there are people that think as highly of her as I do is just wonderful.

“Carers are so valuable and under valued.

Yvonne Candler was given a special surprise by carers Fiona Blundell May and Bethany Ford (44246904)
Yvonne Candler was given a special surprise by carers Fiona Blundell May and Bethany Ford (44246904)

“I don’t think people provide enough positive feedback and that is why I wanted to put a message over Facebook to thank them and let them know they are appreciated.

“Carers are very special people to be able to do that job and deserve to be praised.”

Yvonne, who has lived in Holbeach for most of her life, began to suffer chest pains in November which was initially believed to be angina.

Yvonne Candler was given a special surprise by carers Fiona Blundell May and Bethany Ford (44246904)
Yvonne Candler was given a special surprise by carers Fiona Blundell May and Bethany Ford (44246904)

However, following a number of tests, Yvonne was diagnosed with lung cancer.

Throughout all of this Yvonne’s dedicated husband Ray has been by her side and helping to care for his wife of 30 years.

Denise said: “In ordinary times I would be there to do some of the care and give Ray a break.

“Ray has been brilliant, he is doing everything apart from some parts of the care.

“They adore each other and all of this is so hard for him.”

Fiona and Bethany, who are employed by Lincolnshire Home Care Ltd, were inspired to do something special for Yvonne following a conversation about the seasons.

Yvonne shared how spring was her favourite season and how she feared that she might not see another one.

Fiona and Bethany then contacted a number of supermarkets in the area along with local horticultural firms to share Yvonne’s story.

Butters, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Tesco rallied around to help and have sent over bunches and bunches of flowers for Yvonne and Ray.

Now the couple have flowers in anything that can contain water, including a teapot.

Denise said that both Yvonne and Ray were overjoyed when Fiona and Bethany arrived with arms full of flowers.

She said: “It helps to know that there are people who are going into the house who are fond of Mum.

“They are carers in the truest sense of the word.”

Fiona and Bethany have thanked the businesses which have helped them.

Fiona said: “This is why we do this job. You don’t become a carer for the money. You become a carer because you want to make a difference.”

Bethany added: “It is nice to be appreciated that is not why we do it.”

Manager of Lincolnshire Home Care Ltd Tracy Ford has also praised Fiona and Bethany for their efforts.

She said: “They have gone above and beyond to make Yvonne’s wishes come true.

“We do value each and every one of our carers. They genuinely do care and it is not just a job for most of them. It is more than that.”



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