Ok, this is a major rant and a shameless plea for your help, all rolled into one. Apologies for the lengthiness, but this story must be told. Please bear with it.
An 85 year old man was presented with a Court Order, banning him from visiting his beloved wife of 55 years in her care home. Due to the Court Order, instigated by Devon County Council and imposed by Exeter County Court, I cannot disclose his name.
His wife was placed in the home in 2009, due to severe dementia. Shortly afterward, the Management there told him he had endangered her by feeding her a Malteser and later, by trying himself to lift her on to a commode. It was when he complained about her mistreatment at the hands of staff, that he found himself subject of a Court Injunction.
This dear old chap has spent the last 4 years campaigning, alone by way of protest in Exeter City, for the right to spend time with his wife in her final months. My courageous and wonderful friend met him by chance and vowed to help him be reunited with his soulmate. She regularly spends time with him, and dries his tears. He is completely illiterate due to his education being interrupted for him to take part in the WW2 war efforts. He is, and has always been a well-respected member of his community.
His case will be presented to an MP in London this October. But time is running out and we need this petition signed so that it may be presented then.
This is inhumane and unfair, and allowing it to happen will not only cause a devoted husband and wife to live out their limited time without each other’s comfort, but will set a precedent for families being torn apart.
It is a rare and beautiful thing to love someone unconditionally for 55 years, so please help us to get justice for him. It only takes a second to sign, so please, please help, and thank you in advance, you lovely people... and feel free to share! xxxxx