We interviewed our customer Stephen one cold February morning, at our office in Denmark Street, as he had some very exciting news for us: his father – Don Bastow – had decided to write his incredible story for the family, during Stephen’s latest hospital admission. This wasn’t the first hospital admission for Stephen, who spent his life dealing with various medical conditions, but this time his dad thought he would not come out alive!
The book is a little treasure chest filled with precious photos, happy family memories and the outline of a scary journey lived by a very brave family.
There are many touching moments, but the sweetest thing we would like to highlight - apart from all the challenges Stephen and his family had to face – is the love story of Stephen and his partner Jackie, which was featured on the three parts BBC3 programme The Unbreakables: Life & Love On Disability Campus , in July 2015. The programme examined life for young people living with a disability around the Campus, and Stephen and Jackie’s story was one of them.
Mr Bastow introduces his book by saying “The proof that a person, with some learning difficulties, together with a little help and support, can live a happy, contented, and successful life”, and Support Horizons is very proud to be playing a very small role in Stephen and Jackie’s lives.
The book isn’t on sale, as it was meant for family and friends, but we were kindly donated a copy by Stephen to keep in the office, so pop in to see us and take a look at the book should you wish to find out more about the story.
On behalf of all the team here at Support Horizons, we'd like to wish you a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope you all get some well-deserved time to re-charge your batteries, spend time with family and friends and of course enjoy yourself!
To everyone in and around our team, thank you for the efforts that you have put in throughout the year. I might have only been here two months but I have seen some great engagement from people at all levels of the business and it truly is a pleasure for me to work with such a committed team. Every one of you should be truly proud of the contribution you have made to this superb business.
Most of you will be aware that we were recently audited by the CQC.
I am pleased to announce that the draft CQC report was received today and rated us GOOD across all five areas of measurement!
Overall Rating – GOOD
… you can tell I am enjoying writing the word GOOD! can’t you!
Once again, I hope you all have the Christmas you want and deserve. There will be further communication about more changes and improvements in the New Year!