Richard’s story

Friar Court is something that I needed after what has happened in life.

Richard and his wife were living at their previous property for 10 years. It was a two bedroom ground floor flat.

Richard said that the place was very nice and neighbours were lovely. Suddenly, in 2016 Richard’s wife has passed away. It was difficult for him to stay at the flat in which they lived together since 2007 as it kept bringing up many memories. The first year was very difficult for him but now he is starting to accept the situation.

After his wife’s death, Richard wanted to find a smaller place for himself to live in. He enjoyed walking into town so Carol Bailey the scheme manager and Vivienne Cooke went to see Richard and suggested for him to see a flat at Friar Court as there was one empty. As soon as Richard visited the scheme and looked around the flat straight away he said “I want to move in here!” Within a month Richard was moved in to the flat at Friar Court.

“Residents at Friar Court are first class and I could not fault this place at all”. For example: on Richard ‘s birthday his daughter organised a surprise birthday party at the scheme in the lounge. Richard had planned to go to his daughters’ for roast dinner so when his daughter turned up at his flat to do cleaning he didn’t expect anything. When she was about to go home, Richard walked her down the stairs. Suddenly as he walked towards the door everyone started shouting ‘HAPPY BIRTHDAY’, ‘HURRAYY!’ Residents and Richard’s family turned up to celebrate his birthday.

Without Friar Court, Richard would have had to move in with family. Now he enjoys all the events that are happening at the scheme and trips with residents.

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