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Barbara Ongley

Barbara Ongley


I first met Barbara in 2010 when my husband first developed problems with his daily living activities. At first Barbara had an army of people to deal with different things ie benefits forms, services advice etc, but over the past few years these people have been stopped or moved on to other things leaving Barbara to now run the group almost single handed which she does to great effect.

We were given her number by the Alzheimer’s disease society and my husband and I went to one of their coffee morning one day and there started our relationship which carries on today.

She understands the problems we all experience from day to day and is always there to help at any time even if it was just a shoulder to cry on, which in the beginning was many times and even if you feel in the depths of despair she will always lift your spirits and you go home a lot happier than when you arrived.

Due to her own experience of looking after her husband with Alzheimer’s disease, Barbara was qualified to ;listen and give advice on planning for the difficult road ahead. She organised help with making sure that I was claiming for the right benefits and in the beginning sent someone to my home to help me fill out all the forms. She was also there for practical advice and if she didn’t now the answer always knew someone who did. She has introduced me to other carers who are in the same position we were so we could bounce ideas from and organise events.

Barbara does all these organising and preparing events without complaining and without any financial rewards because she cares about all of us who go through the same ordeal daily as she did. She is the most selfless, caring person that I have had the hour to be acquainted with and feel she deserved this recognition.

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