Ruth opens her heart – and her lovely garden

by Victoria Sheard A MIRFIELD woman who nursed her husband through a terrible illness has opened her lovely garden to the public to raise money for the charity which helped her care for him.

Ruth Edwards, of Pinfold Close, was the sole carer of husband Bill who was left totally dependent on her after contracting hereditary amyloidosis, a rare neuromuscular disease.

He was left totally incapacitated and in a wheelchair and, after a long battle, died four years ago.

Ruth says the help and support she received from the national carers' charity Crossroads allowed her to spend a small amount of quality time pursuing her own interests.

Crossroads sent Ruth a helper, allowing her to spend a bit of time shopping or getting her hair done.

She also attended an evening class, one day a week for three years and managed to successfully complete a National Diploma in Flower Arranging, something which has given her a lot of pleasure and has helped her cope since Bill died.

She says the charity was a real lifesaver to her and a support worker from the charity was even there with her on the day Bill died.

Ruth is now the chairwoman of Huddersfield Flower Club and this year she was asked to choose the club's annual charity.

She decided to pick Crossroads as she wanted to help the organisation in return for all it did for her.

She arranged a fundraising event at her Mirfield home and opened her house and garden to the public.

During the day she held a coffee morning and in the afternoon a strawberry tea with craft and white elephant stalls, a raffle and a tombola.

The day was supported by members of the flower club, neighbours and friends and Ruth was able to present Crossroads manager Stephen Boyle with a cheque for over 300.