The team here at the Kimbrose Club for people with dementia threw a party for our longest serving member, Pat Morris, to mark our fifth birthday.
Pat, 82, joined the Kimbrose Club in May 2012 with her husband Ken. They attended almost every weekday until he passed away in 2014, and Pat still comes regularly.
At the party were the Mayor of Gloucester, Coun Neil Hampson, and Pat and Ken’s five children: Clive Morris, Jenny Hill, Kevin Morris, Wendy Morris, and Denise Kemeys. Pat was presented with flowers and the club members all had a tea party.
Pat, who has three grandchildren and two great grandchildren, was brought up in Gloucester and all her children also live in the city.
Her son Kevin said: “Mum loves company and she loves coming here. She calls it the coffee club, and she likes to chat to people. We are very grateful to the staff for all they do.”
Kerry-Ann Lees, manager at the Kimbrose Club said: “Pat and Ken were married for more than 50 years, and our team and Pat’s family supported her when he passed away. Pat is our longest serving member, so we wanted to do something to mark the occasion.”
Coun Hampson, who has recently become a trustee at the Gloucester Charities Trust, which runs the Kimbrose Club, said the issue of dementia was close to his heart.
“I was brought up by my grandmother, and then I supported her when she developed Alzheimer’s disease,” he said. “I was a district nurse, and have worked in the NHS looking at clinical and patient care quality, and it is an area I am passionate about.”
There are spaces available at the Kimbrose Club for people with dementia, whether their condition has been recently diagnosed or is more advanced. Visits can be on a day, half-day or even hour-long basis, one day or several days a week. For more information call Kerry-Ann on 01452 414659.