Winn Evatt, from Newport, was a born and bred ‘Barton bonehead girl’, ex-auxiliary nurse, and mother of five, and was under Mountbatten’s care in the inpatient unit for about a month.

“I can’t fault the staff and volunteers; they are second to none. Nothing is too much trouble, and they go out of their way to make you feel at home,” said Winn, whose care continued at home when she was discharged a few days after she spoke to us.

“The Mountbatten team is helping my darling daughter, Jane, to make sure we have everything we need so I can go home and be with my family. They have been an absolute godsend.”

During her time in the inpatient unit, Winn received round-the-clock care from the team, including, as she puts it, a ‘happy band of volunteers’, ‘who are vital to the care I receive.’

“The nurses couldn’t do what they do without these wonderful volunteers,” she said. “They help me wash and dress, bring me the things I need, and take my clothes to the laundry. And they are always so cheerful and come and go with smiles all day long.

“My Jane said to me, ‘I can’t believe it’s so cheerful here, mum’, and she’s right, it is not what you expect.

“I thank the Lord for the volunteers, they have made my stay here so enjoyable, and the help they give me and the nurses makes everything so much easier.”   

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Winn died in 2022. Thank you to her family for allowing us to share her story.