Gordon Vincent has been taking part in our Monday morning Living Well sessions for a little while now. We were so pleased to be able to give him a special gift recently, with no strings attached!

A little while back during a weekly Living Well session, Gordon shared a treasured memory about his childhood and how he’d spent many happy hours with his mother putting on puppet shows. He explained that she was very talented at creating the puppets, which she had learned to do from a book, and estimated that they had around 40 to 50 of them. Sadly, over the years the puppets had been lost, and Gordon told the group that he would love to be able to have another puppet as a way to remember his mother and the special times they shared.

One of the things that makes hospice care so special is that our teams go out of their way to try and help patients make the most of every moment and achieve their goals. So Ann Davies, our Living Well Enablement Healthcare Assistant, set out to try and find a puppet for Gordon, and where better to go than one of our charity shops!

Success at our charity shops

Sarah Wilkinson, Shop Assistant at our Banbury shop, was thrilled to be able to help. She explained: "Ann came to the shop looking for a puppet for Gordon. As it happened, we’d had a puppet donated to the hospice around two years ago, and I’d bought it for my own children. As they are now a bit older I was so happy to be able to pass it on for Gordon. His story really touched me. We’re so much more than a charity shop – we’re passionate about helping our community."

Sarah visited the hospice during a recent Living Well session so she could meet Gordon and see the joy that the puppet had brought to him. Gordon told us: "These two ladies, Ann and Sarah, have given me back a bit of my childhood and are owed an enormous vote of thanks."

Gordon recently had to miss a few weeks of his Living Well sessions when his wife was unable to drive him to the hospice. But thanks to one of our fantastic volunteer drivers, Gordon has been able to return to and is loving being back!

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