An 88-year-old man left heartbroken when his disabled wife was taken into care singlehandedly built a ramp so she could finally bring her home – after almost a YEAR.
Roy Townsend was devastated when his beloved Pat, 77, suffered a stroke last September which left her paralysed down the left side.
After spending two months in hospital, she was moved to Orchard Vale Care Home in Swindon, Wilts., – a bus journey away from their home on the other side of town.
Desperate to bring her home, DIY fiend Roy, of Swindon, Wilts., decided to delve into his toolbox and worked around the clock to build a ramp from scratch.
He spent three weeks sawing, drilling and hammering the wooden ramp himself after seeing shoddy council jobs – and thinking he could do it better himself.
It was, the dedicated pensioner said, the actions of a man who is “madly in love”.
Finally, ten months after Pat suffered the terrifying stroke, the overwhelmed grandmother was last week able to go back to her marital home.
Overjoyed Pat, who lives at the care home permanently but is now able to visit her old house, said: “He’s my rock. I couldn’t ask for better.”
Spritely Roy, who worked for packaging suppliers Multivac until he was 82, said: “I did it because I love her.
“When you’ve been with someone for 45 years and suddenly they are taken away from you, you want to do everything you can to bring them back, if you can get them back.
“I pulled her in and she started to cry and said ‘My home, my home.'”
He added: “Whenever she wants to come home she can now.”
Roy visits former Post Office worker Pat and stays by her side for around six hours. He knew that her dearest wish was to return to the their home.
But he had previously tried to get her inside and realised that he couldn’t get her chair up the steps, so they were forced to have a picnic outside.
Roy, who has five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren with Pat, said: “When she said she would like to visit her home. I said ‘Alright, I’ll build you a ramp.'”
And he did.
Roy’s sister-in-law Sue Hambleton added: “We all cried with happiness – Pat finally got her wish to come home.”