The Watson seniors are on the move. After living in Eltham Green for nearly 40 years we have accepted an offer on our home and plan to move to St Leonards-on-Sea sometime over the summer. For many years now we have had a conviction in our hearts of a responsibility of care for Doreen Cooke who joined the church 1972 and became one of the family. As a single lady and now registered as partially sighted she has been unable to maintain her own home although she is still very active in church life. Some 3 years ago we shared with her that we would like to find property that would allow her to sell up and live next door to us to enable her to keep her independence but also that we would be able to help maintain the practical areas of her home and garden while she continued to enjoy all the opportunities of church life. Although we looked around in 2011 we came to the conclusion that it was not the right time and that we needed a specific area to move to or a clear direction from the Lord. As this wasn’t forthcoming we put the whole project on hold.
In March 2012 my mother fell down her stairs and broke her neck in three places and due to the hospital not recognising this injury did not take the necessary care which resulted in her becoming paralysed. After moving her into a nursing home most of her body recovered its use but left her unable to do anything for herself except drink from a beaker with her left hand. Her right hand did not recover. As we have visited it seemed more and more important to us that she needed more care than she currently receives to include occupational and physiotherapy which is not provided. This has a big impact on her quality of life. Our prayerful thoughts led us to invite her to live with us. As both my brother and sister live in Rye we did not think it appropriate that we move her to London but find a place in their area. We have seen a house in St Leonards–on–Sea that would be practically ideal for both my mother, a carer, Doreen and ourselves so put our house on the market. This house would provide a self-contained flat for Doreen who is well able to manage her personal needs. We do need the Lord to find our sellers a new home in the area as soon as possible. As we have promised our buyer that we would move on completion of the sale we would not look forward to having nowhere to live.
We shall continue to visit Eltham whenever the opportunity arises and no doubt will see many visitors in our new home. We are in Harrogate, Yorkshire at the moment and will return home via Warrington on Monday. On the 5th June we travel to Toronto for 10 days and have a number of weekend preaching visits until the end of July.
We continue to appreciate your prayerful and practical support. Much love Terry & Fran