Devoted family launch appeal to allow Sheffield 92-year-old to end her days at home

92-year-old Cath Moore, whose family are raising money for her care costs.
92-year-old Cath Moore, whose family are raising money for her care costs.
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The family and friends of a 92-year-old Sheffield woman are raising money so she can be allowed to end her days surrounded by her family.

Cath Moore, who has heart failure and dementia, has lived with daughter Deb in High Green for the last three years - after she was forced to sell the family home to pay for care costs.

Cath Moore's family and friends on a 20 mile walk in the Peak District to help publicise their campaign.

Cath Moore's family and friends on a 20 mile walk in the Peak District to help publicise their campaign.

Her family will soon no longer be able to afford to pay for the 24 hour a day care she needs - and the local authority say the cheapest option is to put her in a residential home.

To stop this happening, Deb and her sister Anne have started a crowdfunding page online, and completed a 20 mile walk in the Peak District on Saturday to publicise their campaign.

Family friend Anna Sheard, who has been helping them organise the appeal, said: “They are an amazing family. Deb actually converted her garage by hand for her mum to live in.

“Cath is happy and settled and knows she is in a loving family home. The idea of her being in an unfamiliar setting just seems unfair.

“I know there have been a couple of points where they think she would not have lived as long as she has if she hadn’t been at home.”

The fund is currently at £1525 but they need to raise as much as possible so they can cover Cath’s care costs for as long as is necessary.

The 20 mile walk set off from Hope and took in part of the Edale ridge which was a walk Cath used to do with her husband Ken.

“I know Deb from her looking after my mum and they would do anything for anybody,” said Anna.

“So I just thought let’s get some people together to raise some money and awareness for people in their situation who are left with little choice.”

In her working life, Cath was a teacher at schools including Shiregreen, Duchess Road, Netherthorpe, Pipworth, Arbourthorne and Charnock.

Her family says she taught more than 1,000 children how to read over the years, and continued to volunteer in schools long after she retired.

After her husband Ken died in 2009, Cath finally left the family home they had shared since 1961 in 2015, and has lived with Deb and her partner Mary ever since.

To find out more or contribute, visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/cath-moore.