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Those who helped after Spalding fall praised in this week's Spalding Guardian letters

While in Spalding I slipped and fell very badly so that I was virtually paralysed.

Thankfully staff at two local facilities brought a chair and got me upright.

Once I felt a bit better, they drove me around the town until we found my car.

Once I could sit properly upright I felt a lot better and was able to drive home safely –that was last Sunday and I have been OK since then.

Foolishly, I didn’t take their names and since I owe them a huge debt of gratitude, I’d like to make sure they know how grateful I am. Many thanks to all of you.

Jim Latham


John Elson's Spalding Guardian cartoon (47998895)
John Elson's Spalding Guardian cartoon (47998895)

Grateful for mum’s care

We would like to say a massive thank you for the care and support shown to our mother over the last two years at Southfields Care Home in Woolram Wygate, Spalding. Through these difficult times, they looked after our mother with great care, especially through lockdown when relatives were unable to visit. We knew she was in safe hands.

Our mother’s illness was quite testing at times, but they cared for her like she was their own mother.

They also helped and supported us with her move to her new home in Bourne, and made sure she settled in.

Leila Wigger and PennyBristow

via email

A host of resources

This week is Carers Week, an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring and to recognise the contribution of carers across the UK.

At Lymphoma Action, we have a host of resources available to support people who may be caring for someone with a diagnosis of lymphoma, a type of blood cancer. Living with lymphoma can be demanding: physically, practically and emotionally – not only for the person who’s been diagnosed, but for family members and friends.

Readers may be interested in our upcoming webinar for families, friends and carers, taking place at 6pm on June 24.

This free session aims to recognise the physical, practical and emotional impact on supporting a loved one living with lymphoma, share experiences of some of these issues and learn about some self-care strategies.

We have a dedicated section for people caring for someone with lymphoma on our website, and our freephone helpline offers information and support to anyone affected by lymphoma.

We have also recently extended our online support groups to provide a dedicated meeting for family, friends and carers to provide an opportunity for people to gain mutual support and connect with others in a similar situation.

Our book ‘When Someone Close To You Has Lymphoma’ is written to help people take care of themselves as well as the person they may be supporting.

Readers may also be interested in listening to our Lymphoma Voices podcast episode where sisters Emma and Sarah talk about the emotional challenges of supporting a loved one at a distance.

For further details readers can visit www.lymphoma-action.org.uk

Amanda Harris

Lymphoma Action

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: Supporting and helping

June 11 is the Feast Day of St Barnabas, a leader and encourager in the early days of the Christian Church.

St Luke describes him as “a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith”. This became evident through his generosity. His wealth was used for the benefit of others.

Having sold land, he made the proceeds available to further the work of the early church.

Barnabas also recognized the importance of collaboration, supporting others without seeking position for himself. He made sure St Paul was welcomed into the Church. There was naturally suspicion of someone who claimed conversion after cruelly persecuting Christian communities.

St Barnabas encourages us to do what we can to support and help others. Indeed, his example illuminates present debate about proposed reductions to the UK aid budget.

Whilst it’s sometimes said that ‘charity begins at home’ that isn’t to say it should end there. Where should the balance lie?

Generosity of spirit can make a world of a difference and global partnerships bring relief and development to some of the world’s poorest communities.

Within Lincolnshire it’s appropriate that our hospice trust is named after St Barnabas. It too is deserving of generosity. Many continue to find help and support through its caring work.

Alan Barker

The Methodist Church in South Holland

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