Letter - Welsh visitor impressed with Wakefield

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My sister and husband was over for a while from St David’s in Prembrokshire.

She and her husband lived in Wakefield and Oxenhope before emigrating to Wales!! This was about six years ago.

It was my pleasure to show her all that has been happening, shops, buildings, loved Trinity Walk really impressed we had a smashing time, looking, buying we had a lovely lunch also, after about five hours we decided or she did, to set walking for home (Wrenthorpe).

This I decided was the time to show her our two hospice shops, which is a cause that is very dear to her, she was most impressed, couldn’t get over how bright and well filled they were. The reason why she was so enthused is because she has just been made Nurse Manager at Shalom Hospice in St David’s and is hoping that a shop can be set up there. They have been struggling for funds for quite a while but the Hospice is newish, been open about five years. Takes a while, they just have day patients.

Anyway we started to walk home and I never gave it a thought as my sister said oh we will be walking passed my old hospital where I started my SEN training. Well she was so upset to see it as it is now and wanted to know all that had happened and why it’s been left like that and what is going to happen now, I had to say I had no idea!. Does anybody know what’s going to happen to it?

My sister went on to work at Pinderfields after her training, then she moved into hospice work, did her SRN and got a degree etc in Palliative Care, all the while working and raising her children who are now 24 and 25 years-old. Her name is Allyson Burrows. I wonder of anybody remembers her if they would like to get in touch (Shalom Hospice, St David’s) is on the web.

Lorraine Gilbert

Danella Grove

Wrenthorpe