Ivor and Chris’s Story

Ivor was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in April 2020, just after the UK had gone into lockdown due ...

Ivor and Chris’s Story

Ivor and Chris and their family

Ivor was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in April 2020, just after the UK had gone into lockdown due to the Covid-19 global pandemic. Rennie Grove was privileged to support him and his wife Chris both via our core Hospice at Home Nursing Service and our volunteer-led community befriending Supporting Hands Project. A father-of-two and grandfather-of-four, Ivor was 71 when he passed away on 1 March, 2021. Ivor and Chris were married for 49 years.

Chris says: “Ivor and I met at the London College of Furniture. He was from South Wales, as was my mum, so we had that connection from the beginning. Ivor was a skilled craftsman, really good with his hands and also loved watercolour painting. He also did an Open University degree in his mid-40s in maths and science, and had a love of life-long learning.

“We both loved exploring new places and shared a love of sailing. In 2002 we gave up our teaching jobs and set off sailing around the Mediterranean in a 27-foot Vancouver sailing boat called ‘Cariad’ (‘Sweetheart’ in English). It was testament to how well we got on, because that boat was small!

“We originally planned to go for two years, but ended up sailing for 13-and-a-half years, finally returning to the UK in 2015. We travelled thousands of miles, sailing in the summer and wintering in marinas. We experienced so much, travelling to France, Spain, Italy, Greece and finally Turkey, and learning many languages. We didn’t want to grow old on the boat and that’s why we came home.

“If we can expand the scope of Supporting Hands even more we can connect with more people, and also connect people from across the generations within the local community, like myself and Ivor.


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