When Derek’s wife, Pam, had a stroke nine years ago, it left her disabled.
Although professional carers visited four times a day, Derek was responsible for looking after his wife between visits, and it took its toll. Last summer, he was diagnosed with a heart condition, and the operation he needed would require several weeks of recovery time.
“The local council had offered some funding for respite care, but it was nowhere near enough. I couldn’t cover the rest of the cost on my own, and I had no idea what I was going to do.