People in our community often have challenges with their mental health and more so in unprecedented times like these. Promoting mental health and well-being are very important to us.
When we recently heard voices coming from our back yard, we went to investigate and there was Simon* in the grounds of the property behind Cressingham on his mobile phone talking to his Mum (who had her phone upside down, and wondered why he sounded so far away) as she was at her window inside Cressingham House trying to talk to him.
I made the decision to let Simon come into the back garden while maintaining his distance from all of us and we brought his Mum downstairs and ensured that they sat apart (giving each other virtual hugs and blowing kisses) and gave them each a cup of tea.
Simon has just given us two boxes of chocolates for the staff as well as a beautiful card with a message for us. He had written on the envelope: “card has been cleaned with an antibacterial wipe.” Simon has just told us that he had a very bad night last night worrying about his Mum and needed to see her face.
I haven’t seen two people smile so much at each other for such a long time. It was beautiful to see their love for each other shining through and for Simon to see for himself that his Mum is fine.
* Name has been changed.
Pat Tuck, Manager