Ken: “I wouldn’t be where I am today without the nursing team”

Retired firefighter, Ken Brown, suffered a stroke in 2010 which left him with limited mobility. Here, he shares how our nursing team at Jubilee House helped him build the strength to walk again.

Our nursing team, based at Jubilee House in Cumbria, supports up to 300 individuals a year, working round-the-clock to ensure they achieve the best possible quality of life in their circumstances.

And one individual who has benefitted from this support is Ken Brown.

Former firefighter Ken worked for Cheshire FRS for 30 years, and was enjoying his retirement when he suffered a devastating stroke in 2010.

He lost his mobility on his left side and was initially unable to walk or carry out basic, everyday tasks. Having heard about the support we offer, however, he got in touch with us straight away and was offered a stay at Jubilee House with our nursing team, along with his wife – who was his carer at the time.

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Ken Brown has been helped by our nursing team at Jubilee House

“I was told I’d never walk again… until I came to Jubilee House and I saw the nurses and the physios,” says Ken.

“They gave me complete dignity. They take me into the bathroom, shower me, wash me, dress me, and send me down to the canteen and feed me.”

Ken met other beneficiaries during his time at Jubilee House

Ken has visited us several times since that first stay and is not only able to walk now, but has regained vital independence – all while making lasting connections and friendships.

Speaking to us on his latest visit, he said: “I’ve been using the anti-gravity walking machine and today, for the first time, I have actually walked 1K. It’s a lot of progress made since I first came.

Ken's walking has improved thanks to our anti-gravity machine

“I wouldn’t be where I am without the nursing team.

“After spending 30 years in the fire service, helping other people and saving other people’s lives, it’s great to know that I can rely on someone else to help me now.”

Find out more about our Nursing Appeal here.

Forming social connections is a huge part of individuals' stays

If you feel you’d benefit from our health and wellbeing support, you can call our Support Line on 0800 389 8820, make an enquiry online or visit the ‘Access Support’ tab in My Fire Fighters Charity.

And remember – if you’re feeling suicidal, you can call our Crisis Line 24 hours a day on 0300 373 0896.