• There's no place like home!

    I have my family to thank for roping me in to making an appearance at the wonderful Hillcrest Care Home in Northumberland. Having made out that they knew the real Camilla (naughty!) they eventually had to come clean and admit that they only knew HRH's lookalike, namely me.

    Unperturbed by this admission the manager was nevertheless keen for me to go and pay the residents a visit so I turned up in lookey-likey mode as instructed.

    I've always been a bit unsettled by nursing homes for all the obvious reasons and have admired the way that the real Duchess of Cornwall has learned to cope with a sometimes harrowing agenda of meeting folk who are facing enormous difficulties in their lives. She frequently makes visits to hospitals and homes dealing with all manner of difficulties. Each Christmas she invites a group of terminally ill children, accompanied by their parents, to Clarence House where they decorate the Christmas tree. Having worked with terminally ill children I recognise what a hugely emotional task that is. Likewise her work with the victims of rape and domestic abuse which, strangely enough I have also worked with. However, I was fortunate to receive regular training and occasionally emotional support. I wonder, however, if anyone is in the background to support HRH who has clearly been extremely emotional on some of her visits.

    I'm a bit of a softie when it comes to sad stories and I have to confess that I was feeling a bit daunted by my visit as the residents are suffering from various stages of dementia. However, I need not have worried. The lovely manager along with one of the residents showed me around the home and introduced me to everyone (apart from a couple of ladies who were in too deep a sleep and a republican who clearly did NOT want to meet 'The Duchess of Cornwall'!) It was lovely to see so many folk delighted to receive a visit and very moving to learn of their personal life stories. The whole visit was conducted with absolute respect and dignity and it was obvious that the staff were folk who were in the right line of work, all of them caring and compassionate and happy in their jobs.

    I have to confess to getting a bit choked up on a couple of occasions, especially when it came to seeing my own relative. Sadly I can't include photos of other residents for obvious reasons but below are a few memories of the day. I'm sure that the ladies and gentlemen who have made their home at Hillcrest are in very safe and caring hands.

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