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James makes bracelets to raise cash in memory of his grandad

A schoolboy has raised £600 in memory of his grandfather with his charity ‘elastic band’ bracelets.

Gill Hemsley, James Williams and his aunt Helen Williams.
Gill Hemsley, James Williams and his aunt Helen Williams.

A schoolboy has raised £600 in memory of his grandfather with his charity ‘elastic band’ bracelets.

The Williams family were stunned last October when 69 year-old Delwyn Williams, from Damson Parkway, suffered a major stroke.

The ring and ride driver was left paralysed down his left side and needed round the clock care when he was finally released from hospital on New Year’s Eve.

With the support of the Solihull Carer’s Centre, his daughter Helen cared for him until he died at the end of March.

“It’s been difficult for the whole family,” said Helen, aged 38, from Chelmsley Wood.

“He was well liked, very kind and had a really good sense of humour.

“My support worker Gill Hemsley was a hub of information. I think without her I would have struggled and felt a little bit lost. We had carers coming in four times a day and neighbours would pop in so I knew he was OK and it meant when I was at work, I could concentrate on work.”

To thank the organisation that made such a difference to Delwyn’s final days, the family asked for donations to the centre at his funeral.

Delwyn’s grandson and Helen’s nephew James, aged ten, spent two weeks making 50 bracelets woven out of elastic bands to donate to the cause in his memory.

Their sale raised £600, half of which went to the centre and the rest to help other charities including St Margaret’s Church.

“(My grandad) was nice, he liked doing jokes,” said James.

“I’m so proud of my nephew,” added Helen, a lecturer in Health and Social Care at Solihull College. “He was very close to his grandad.

“He’s raised a lot and it gave him something to occupy him.”

On May 1, James and Helen presented the carers centre with the cheque.

Solihull Carers Centre supports unpaid carers of all ages who provide care for a relative, friend or other person who has a disability, is frail or has a long term illness, offering respite, emotional support and advice.

For more information call 0121 788 1143 or visit www.solihullcares.org

 

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