Horrendous red tape

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I READ with interest your article about Barry Hines, who is suffering from dementia.

I READ with interest your article about Barry Hines, who is suffering from dementia.

I remember Barry from the 1960s when he played football with Stocksbridge Works FC in the Yorkshire League.

He was teaching, I believe, at Kirk Balk School at Hoyland Common at the time. He was a very talented player in non-league football.

I wonder if the Roy Flinders who is also mentioned in your article is the same Roy ‘Polly’ Flinders who played at Stocksbridge around the same time?

He came from the Rotherham area.

I knew them because I was groundsman at Bracken Moor at that time.

I fully appreciate what Mrs Hines and Mrs Flinders have gone through. For I have gone through experience.

My wife, Mary, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2004. She stayed at a level for a long time then started to deteriorate 18 months ago.

I looked after her until April this year when I finally had to give in.

She is now in Belmont House Care Home, at Stocksbridge.

The biggest problem I have experienced has been obtaining funding etc. The red tape and bureaucracy is horrendous and the time it takes is unbelievable.

Both Mary and I are in our 80s and without the help of our family and our social worker it would have been impossible to cope.

H Gillespie, Holling

Croft, Deepcar