Real Lives

An emotional reunion for Hayley and Sandy

Hayley, Ruby and Sandy at Jewish Care Betty and Asher Loftus Centre

On Friday 3rd March, there was an emotional and moving reunion between Hayley Richardson, and her daughter’s horse, Sandy, at Jewish Care’s Betty and Asher Loftus Centre in Friern Barnet. Hayley’s daughter, 17-year-old Ruby, who is studying for her A levels at Queen Elizabeth’s Girls’ School and competes in show jumping, brought Sandy to Jewish Care’s Stella & Harry Freedman House care home, where Ruby’s mum, Hayley, is receiving palliative care.

The care team, led by Mary Rabbitte, Care Manager at Jewish Care’s Stella & Harry Freedman House, brought Hayley outside to meet Sandy and Ruby. Mary said, “This was a very special and important emotional meeting. We realised that Hayley wouldn’t be able to get to Sandy, so we decided to bring Sandy to Hayley instead.”

Jewish Care’s End of Life and Palliative Care Lead, Paula Plaskow, is part of the team helping coordinate Hayley’s care and supporting her, together with her family and close friends.

Paula said, “I asked Hayley what matters most to her and she said, ‘Ruby and Sandy’. This visit brought her and Ruby immense joy and a gift of a memory that will be with Ruby forever. This visit helped staff get involved in the pastoral care of Hayley, as it’s not just about providing medical care at end of life, but it’s about addressing one’s total wellbeing. I’m so proud of the care team for making this special moment happen.”

Grant Brown, Jewish Care Stella & Harry Freedman House, Registered Care Manager, said, “I am delighted that we could facilitate this memorable moment for Hayley. It is warming to see all members of the team going above and beyond for our residents.”

Juliet Nordi, Hayley’s close friend, who was also involved in making it happen, added, “Jewish Care made a bit of magic for a special family.”

After the visit, Hayley’s daughter, Ruby said, “I’m so overwhelmed with the kindness and compassion shown by everyone at the home. Taking Sandy to see Mum was a dream come true and I’m so grateful for how easy everyone made it to do such a nice thing that made all of our days that bit brighter.”


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