Gildawood residents, Ruby and Betsy’s trip down memory lane.

Today Ruby and Betsy, residents at Gildawood Court in Nuneaton, went on a trip down memory lane in our minibus for the day in our local area. The trip was an opportunity to reminisce about the novelist ‘George Eliot’, formerly named as ‘Mary Ann Evans’ which is very significant to ‘Cynthia Ruby Kirk’ – also known to us as ‘Ruby’.

Our Activity Assistants, Kat and Marie talked to them about George Eliot. They read some of the passages from one of her books, Silas Marner to explain what the connection was between the novelist and some of the names of roads, buildings, wards inside the hospital, and of course the Mary Ann Evans Trust – which was the real birth name of George Eliot and why she took a mans name in order to get her famous books published.

Betsy has good mobility and communication and relates very well to the area whilst Ruby now has very limited communication and mobility but in her former years, Ruby was a midwife for twenty five years on the night shift at the George Eliot Hospital and was recognised for her good work.

During the day trip out Ruby was taken to the maternity ward at the George Eliot Hospital, where upon meeting with the staff nurses and other midwifes, had her picture taken. Two of the staff at the hospital immediately recognised Ruby and they were very happy to see her again and have their pictures taken with her.

During this time, Ruby’s facial expressions at seeing all the staff at the hospital was very warming. To see her smiling with some people that she knew was a very special day for her and one that she seems to have enjoyed immensely by her body language and big smile.

After the photo’s were taken, Ruby and Betsy went to the “League of friends” café – run by local volunteers at the hospital and had a light lunch and talked about the day.

Betsy felt very honoured to be able to share this day with Ruby and understood how very special the day was for her, They both really enjoyed and soaked up the atmosphere within the hospital, which they have visited and worked in, on so many occasions.

At Gildawood Court, our residents benefit from a broad and stimulating range of activities. With a programme developed in partnership with our dedicated Activities Team, we focus on therapeutic activities based on our residents’ life experiences and encouraging new ones as well.

If you would like to find out more about life at Gildawood Court, please contact us on or 0808 223 5508.

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Jo Madejowska


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