Barbara’s Retirement Party

I was invited to attend a training session at Langrish House yesterday only to discover a room full of wonderful people who I had worked with over the years.  I was quite overcome by the warmth and kindness shown to me by so many!  Dr Patricia Golding and Julie were very generous in their summing up of my time spent with TRF and this was much appreciated…………..

In 1997, Bordean House had closed with fifty members of staff being made redundant with the original matron of Bordean House (a Sue Ryder Home) being Miss Hilary James, who had been a missionary nurse in the Transkei.  Hilary brought with her a gentle kindness that was to infuse the people who worked with her in Bordean and this we were so reluctant to loose. So it is to ‘Sister’ James we thank for setting the culture of kindness for the staff of The Rosemary Foundation.

Twenty years have gone by so quickly and Julie and I, together with our colleagues, are profoundly grateful to have had the opportunity to travel alongside some amazing people, as they, and their loved ones have had to prepare for end of life (and wish to remain at home).  We would not have achieved this without the support of so many, who had faith in us and shared our vision of good end of life care.

A huge ‘thank you’ to all who made my retirement party so special – To Robina and Nigel Talbot Ponsonby, (and their staff) who hosted the event so brilliantly in wonderful festive surroundings, to past and present colleagues with special mention to nurse Louise who made a most magnificent cake, to wonderful volunteers and families of patients we have served, together with Chris Wilton and the Rosemary Foundation Trustees. – Phew! I was totally overwhelmed by the generosity and love shown to me by everyone – thank you all so very much!

I am so pleased to be passing on the baton to Caroline and Claire together with Jeremy, who I know will take The Rosemary Foundation forward and grateful to them for beavering away to make the party such a successful and enjoyable occasion.

May I close by wishing you and those close to you, a peaceful Christmas with my very best wishes for 2018.


Some of those qualities mentioned here by Barbara are, I think, captured in the following anonymous comments from a recent batch of ‘Bereavement Carer Questionnaires’:

Considering they never knew our patient, they treated them as if they were their own loved one.

We were all amazed by their kindness and compassion.”


“The team were absolutely fantastic. There should have been a fast track ‘Package of Care’ but this was not able to start until after my mother had died.

The Rosemary Foundation allowed me to be a daughter and not just a carer, and gave me quality time to share with my mum.

For that I thank you very much.”

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