Gemma and Fran’s Story

Gemma Gwilt and her Mum Fran cared for their Aunt, Muriel Parkes, in her own home when she was referred to Compton in February 2018.

82-year-old Muriel, also known as Aunty Mue, wanted to stay in her own home surrounded by her creature comforts when she was diagnosed with an incurable illness and so with our support, she was able to do just that.

Gemma commented: “We wanted to take care of Aunty Mue in her own home, just as she had wanted. We spoke to Compton who offered us the support of night sitters and they were just wonderful.

“We had two night sitters come to the house and they really took a weight off our shoulders. The nice thing was that whilst they took care of Aunty Mue, they also encouraged us to rest.

“Aunty Mue was very glam, she was always made up with the best Estee Lauder make-up and had her hair and her nails done. What was lovely, was that the care assistant gave her a hand massage using her favourite creams before she died. It was little touches like that that made all the difference. They really couldn’t do enough for us.”

Fran added: “We didn’t know much about Compton until Mue was cared for by them. I think we thought they just offered care and support at the end of life, we didn’t realise they offered so much more than that.

“Mue left money to Compton and 7 other charities in her will, she was so charitable, and we’re so pleased she left some money to Compton, especially after the care she received.”

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