Stories from Good Friends

Mr G's Story

Mr G moved to North Yorkshire and through family circumstances was struggling for support. Read how a Good Friend helped support Mr. G

Mr G and his wife had recently moved from Bournemouth to live in North Yorkshire to be closer to family. Shortly after this move however Mrs G had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and now lives in a residential home due to her rapidly deteriorating condition. Mr G has found the rapid deterioration of his wife’s condition to be very difficult to cope with, as she no longer recognises him and he finds living alone without her very difficult.

As well as his wife’s condition, Mr G also suffers with a number of health issues, including recovering from a recent hip replacement. At present, he is relying on his family to take him to see his wife, but he would like to do this independently once his hip improves. Normally a very positive and sociable man, the circumstances he’s currently facing have badly hit his confidence.

Mr G has an interest in snooker and had previously served in the RAF Good Friends matched Mr G to a serving soldier from Catterick Garrison who shared Mr G’s interests. Mr G now looks forward to his like-minded Good Friend’s weekly visits, the pair take short trips out and go and visit Mr G’s wife together.  Once Mr G’s hip improves they are looking forward to games of snooker together. When asked Mr G said “I’m so grateful for the help I’ve received, and how nice everyone has been.”

Age UK North Yorkshire & Darlington have also been able to refer Mr G into other services such as the Veteran’s Support group and provide help with transport.