Willie - Resident

After the death of his wife after 56 years of marriage, 91-year-old Willie was falling into a deep despair. Growing increasingly frail, Willie was struggling to cook and look after the house, despite his son being close at hand and a daily visitor.

Living at an Abbeyfield house

But a two-week respite break at his local Abbeyfield House near Dundee while Willie’s son and his family were holidaying in America helped restore Willie’s familiar sparkle - and uncovered his hidden talent as a poet.

Willie loved the atmosphere and companionship of the staff and other residents at Abbeyfield so much he decided he didn’t want to leave. He also forged a close friendship with house manager Karen, who made time to sit and talk each day over a cup of tea and helped Willie make a new start.

"She helped saved my life," said Willie. "I was devastated after my wife died. It was terrible without her. When you’re on your own after living with someone for that long it is heartbreaking”.

Now, Willie said he wouldn’t swap his new life at Abbeyfield ‘for anything’ and he is enjoying life once again.

Karen is the star of Willie’s comic verses. One poem reads: "She is here, there and everywhere. In the kitchen, making bread pudding, or in the garden picking flowers to make our table supreme".