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It’s farewell to the life of Riley
2:00pm Sunday 27th October 2013 in News
AFTER helping patients and doing the rounds on Evesham Hospital’s wards for 20 years, a much-loved character has been laid to rest.
Riley, a ginger tom cat, was a well-known visitor to patients who were being treated in the hospital on Waterside, and was especially popular on the Macmillan ward where his soothing and calming presence brought some comfort to people affected by cancer.
The friendly feline was thought to have been about 25 years old when his owner Lorna Hubble had to make the tough decision to put him down due to health issues.
She explained how Riley came to make his home at Evesham Hospital.
“Apparently he lived in a home nearby where he didn’t get on with the resident dogs so decided to go elsewhere and ended up becoming a big part of daily life at the hospital.
I was a staff nurse there for 30 years and I always remember him being there which shows how old he must have been. He was loved by everyone who met him whether it was staff or patients.
“Just having him around and sitting on the beds with the cancer patients was a massive boost for them. He was a fixture there and will be badly missed.”
Mrs Hubble looked after Riley herself for the past seven or eight years and says despite his health complications which included going blind, he remained happy and well into old age. “I had old colleagues ringing me up in tears after he had to be put down. In the end I had no choice as he wasn’t well. He made a real difference to lots of people’s lives in his time at the hospital and we all appreciated him so much.”
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