Kirkburton woman Sue Papworth ’s Groundhog Day battle for Christmas care
Dec 21 2009 by Joanne Douglas, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
Kirkburton woman’s Groundhog Day battle for Christmas care
LAST Christmas Day Sue Papworth struggled to get the clingfilm off her salad – the only Christmas meal she got that day.
For the Kirkburton woman, Christmas and her battle to have a carer visit has become something of a Groundhog Day.
Sue Papworth has ME – Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) which is characterised by muscle pain with intense physical and mental exhaustion.
But it seems that even though Kirklees Social Services accept she needs her meals cooked every day throughout the year, she is expected to make her own arrangements on the two days.
That’s because there is rarely anyone to attend her Kirkburton home and cook her Christmas lunch.
Now Mrs Papworth wants to highlight her plight, and that of many others, with the message: “Don’t assume those in need will be cared for.’’
She said: “I’ve been through this now for three years.
“On December 10 last year I thought I was sure I’d get Christmas cover and then a week before Christmas I was told they didn’t do lunch.
“I’ve spent the whole of this 12 months trying to get it sorted out.
“Last year my Christmas dinner was a limp salad which I ate perched sideways on the commode.
“By New Year’s Day I was too weak to get the clingfilm off my first salad of 2009, so I had nothing.”
She was diagnosed with ME in 1988 and has also battled cancer four times.
During the first day of 2009 she collapsed and remained on the floor until a carer arrived.
But she believes she is not the only person to suffer at Christmas.