Thank you all

It was in 1959 that we came to live in Bridgwater. Our brother was about 18 months old and he had Down’s syndrome.

During his early childhood he went to nursery school in Bridgwater, then he attended Penrose School and at 18 years he spent most weeks days in the Enterprise Centre mixing with other disabled adults and enjoying the activities that were provided.

There was transport picking him up from home in the mornings and back in the afternoons. His time in Bridgwater was very happy.

He made friends, attended a Tuesday evening social club and regularly went riding for the disabled. James also attended Wembdon Church, first with his parents and then later with friends he made at church. He loved all social occasions.

There were lots of social workers and carers during his 60 years in Bridgwater.

People who got to know and care for him. Many crossed his path. Opticians, dentists, chiropodists, doctors, shop assistants, cafe staff, and just too many to mention by name. They know who they are.

They all made a difference.

They crossed the road to say hello when he was shopping in town and soothed him when he was troubled. Now, aged 61 years, his physical and mental health has deteriorated and he has left his home in Camden Road where he has been cared for for over 20 years, to go and live in a nursing home in Yeovil.

On behalf of his three sisters, a big thank you for being such a generous and thoughtful town. We couldn’t think of a better place for James to live.

We know everyone accepted his disabilities and loved him.

Best wishes,

Jo Valentine, Sandra Peters and Jackie Rymill