An inspiring former police detective has revealed his incredible life story whilst receiving care at Thames Hospice.
Roy Ryman has lived in Ascot for 50 years and has achieved many commemorable things in his life.
The 94-year-old speaks proudly of his time working as a detective at Thames Valley Police, formerly known as Berkshire Police Force and the work he did during his 30 plus year career.
Mr Ryman said: “When I retired they gave me 11 commendations for my work in the force. I was very proud of that. I initially had heart problems because of my age, so everything has followed on from there really. Mentally I feel good, which I am grateful for, but I just feel unwell.”
Roy is now receiving respite care on the inpatient unit at Thames Hospice in Maidenhead, and despite feeling unwell he is happy to share his experience of the care he is receiving.
He said: “Before I came to the Hospice I had four paid carers who supported me at home but I needed specialist palliative care so, with the help of my daughter Jane, I was admitted to Thames Hospice.”
“I definitely wasn’t worried about coming here. With both my wife and daughter having worked in the healthcare sector for many years, I am kind of used to the medical world.
“They have treated me exceptionally well at the Hospice. I am a bit of a hero worshipper; they do a fantastic job.”
Roy is deeply proud of his daughter Jane who has been an ICU nurse for over 30 years and his beloved wife Muriel having a long career as a midwife before she passed away 15 years ago.
Speaking about their life together, Roy explained, “We were childhood sweethearts; we met at school in East Hagbourne which is where I was born.
“After school, Muriel became a midwife at Heatherwood Hospital and I joined the police force. We got married in 1955.”
Thames Hospice is working closely with the family to find a suitable place of care when Roy is well enough to be moved so he can continue to receive the 24 hour support he needs.
Roy speaks highly about his stay at the Hospice: “My daughter Jane visits me every day, which is nice company as I have had to stay at home since last March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Something none of us would have ever expected to happen!
“To sum up the Hospice, I can only say the way I have been treated is way beyond excellent. Nothing is too much trouble, if you want something you just ask.
“I didn’t have a preconceived idea of what a Hospice is like, but it has exceeded my expectations. I can’t rate any one thing in particular, because it is all up there.”
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