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Why I have so much respect and gratitude for those who care for people like my Grandad

PUBLISHED: 11:11 08 December 2017 | UPDATED: 11:37 08 December 2017

Neville Cann, with his wife June. Picture: Family Archive

Neville Cann, with his wife June. Picture: Family Archive

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We had to say goodbye to my dear old Grandad Neville Cann this week.

Some readers may know him, as after coming out of the RAF he worked as a builder all over Norwich and Norfolk.

At times you’d wondered if he basically built the city, he loved to regale us with so many stories about his work here. Apart from the Riverside development though, he hated that.

He was also a leading pigeon racer (or so he used to tell me).

More recently he appeared in the pages of this newspaper as he was one of those who missed out when NHS chiefs took the bizarre decision to close the Henderson Unit, a Norwich centre for people who have just come out of hospital.

But I don’t want to go over that ground, instead I want to wax lyrical about some of the wonderful care that goes on in our community and the NHS.

For the past couple of years Grandad had been a resident at the Culrose Residential Home, in Dickleburgh.

We as a family couldn’t speak more highly of the treatment he received there. It’s one thing for a care home to have a nice garden, decent activities and good facilities but ultimately what anyone living in them probably wants is to be made to feel important. That they still matter.

And that’s what most impressed us about Culrose. In and out of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for the past few years, where his treatment was also fantastic, staff from the home regularly drove across to keep him company.

On the last occasion, just a few days before he passed away, as they left Grandad shouted down the hall ‘I love you’. We all laughed but it meant so much to know he had others in his life who made him happy.

This positive impact carers have on society was further highlighted this week when Tracy Eves took home the overall honour at our very own Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards.

In a fair world these wonderful people would be among the highest paid, in reality they are probably among the lowest.

But the reassurance they give to those they look after as well as their families is absolutely priceless.

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