To Whom it may concern
Melvin, (Mel), Ashton
requested by friends and colleagues ....
Hello Whom !
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June's fall in Bridlington on 11th September, 2016
outside home on 9th December, 2014
June's Broken Hip on 2nd May, 2009
I have had boats for over 30
years and, when ex wife Meg moved in with her Mother and Step Father,
following our serious marital problems - I came home unexpectedly
and found her in 'our' marital bed with a 'friend' of ours after 25
years of marriage - I cruised on my narrowboat
'Mahala' from Wakefield to the River Thames and back hoping to
avoid depression. However, on returning to work, (as a
senior lecturer and course tutor at Leeds Kitson College of
Technology), I ended up with serious depression and, eventually, had
to take early retirement.
Since retiring, I met my Sister's friend, June Spawforth, who was
also suffering depression after losing her husband Michael in a
tragic car accident (fire) in 1988.
We helped each other and June suggested that I
live with her in Lofthouse.
June and I were 'an item' from 1990 but, out of respect for Michael,
June refused to marry me though I asked her MANY times. June
finally accepted and we married on Saturday 30th August 2014 (my 74th birthday).
During this period, I set up 'Narrowboat Charter' in 1993 at Stanley
Ferry with a 58ft narrowboat 'Oxford Blue'. I still had 45ft
'Mahala' but sold her and bought a 35ft boat which I renamed 'Baby
Blue' also used for boat trips and holidays. Things were going
well until problems with a new 50ft narrowboat build which caused me
more depression! I sold the boats in 1997 and have used
computer stuff to occupy my time to date.
June's Broken Hip
June suffered a broken hip following a fall in
our bedroom on 2nd May, 2009. Too badly shattered for a hip
replacement, so has a titanium rod from knee to hip with titanium
screws / pins at top and bottom. Also several titanium pins /
screws to 'stitch' her hip. She can walk about 25 yards but uses a
'manual' wheel chair (I'm the 'man' bit), and last year we bought a
mobility scooter for our regular holidays in Bridlington, however
June's Broken Arm
on 9th December, 2014
News ..... Wednesday 10th December,
June had a fall late on Tuesday 9th December; X-Rays showed a broken
humorous, (left arm),
close to her shoulder joint
In an attempt to save herself, she cut her right hand and suffered a strained
which has created a lot of pain.
June's fall from mobility scooter in Bridlington on 11th September,
June had a very bad accident on 11th September, 2016 ........
She attempted to dismount from her mobility scooter but had not
turned the key to the 'off position'. She then accidentally caught
the reverse lever and the scooter effectively 'threw her' onto the
concrete paving outside the Richmond Guest House. Bridlington
hospital has no A&E so June refused my request to call an ambulance
- which would have taken her to Scarborough Hospital since
Bridlington Hospital no longer has an A&E department !
Though I suggested we return home and to Pinderfield's Hospital,
June refused as she was confident that she had not broken any bones
- though she fell on her LEFT side which had the titanium rod from
knee to hip, screws at top & bottom of the rod and screws & pins
stitching her badly broken hip from her fall in 2009 !
A visit to Pinderfield's on 17th September showed no broken bones
and June has managed to progress, with my help, from TWO crutches to
ONE crutch as I type these notes on 6th October, 2016 !
June is adamant that she will be ok for another two weeks in
Bridlington which we had previously booked! (we also have two weeks
booked over Xmas & New Year).
Regards, Mel Ashton
If you ever fancy a holiday in Bridlington, 'The
Richmond' guest house is excellent for bed and breakfast, has
disabled facilities, and is central - close to the harbour and close
to lots of facilities. Give me a call if you're interested - I
have lots of useful information.
Chloe, June, and Melvin (order of command)
11 Bolus Close
Wakefield WF1 3DJ
Tel: (01924) 834 464 home 07740 282 567 mobile