Care and support for Cathie

May we through your columns extend our gratitude to the following:

Firstly, to Dr Morris of Edenside Health Centre, Kelso, for his years of care, advice and support he gave to my wife, Cathie McDermott, and also for his concern shown on her recent passing.

To all the staff on Ward 6 at Borders General Hospital where my wife spent her final days. We as a family appreciate the care and attention shown during Cathie’s stay, not only to her, but also to the family who were a permanent fixture on the ward during her stay. As busy and hectic as it was at times, nothing was too much trouble and the respect shown to us was second to none.

We would also like to mention The Friends of the BGH who provided us with a comfortable overnight room in which we could take it in turns to snatch some sleep. This was greatly appreciated by all of us – it meant someone was always with my wife and others were only minutes away.

The Reverend Tom McDonald of the parish of Kelso North and Ednam showed great respect in honouring our family’s wishes and providing us with a fitting tribute to Cathie, both at Kelso and Mortonhall Crematorium.

To David Hardie and Son of Galashiels who guided us through this difficult time with utter professionalism and such a caring attitude, always at the end of a phone to answer any questions.

Lastly, but most certainly not least, the many friends and acquaintances who turned out at such an early hour on a Saturday morning to pay their respects, both at Kelso and those who travelled to Edinburgh.

Cathie, like the rest of the family, would have been honoured, not to mention overwhelmed, at the £400 raised for The Friends of the BGH.

Andy McDermott