Friends rally round 'abandoned' pensioner

16th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

16 November 2004, LONDON - Friends of a British pensioner with Alzheimer's disease who was abandoned at a hospital by his wife - who returned to live in Spain - are setting up a fund to help pay for his care, it has emerged.

16 November 2004

LONDON - Friends of a British pensioner with Alzheimer's disease who was abandoned at a hospital by his wife - who returned to live in Spain - are setting up a fund to help pay for his care, it has emerged.

Ken Baker, 82, was left at Oldchurch Hospital in Romford, Essex, Britain, on 25 October by his wife, Barbara, 62, with a note saying she could no longer cope.

The couple had moved to Spain two years ago, soon after Baker was diagnosed with the disease.

Posters have been put up in the Green Man pub in Navestock, near Brentwood, where Mr Baker was landlord for 23 years, inviting well-wishers to contribute to the fund.

The present licensee, Bob Major, who took over the pub when Baker retired in 1994, said the money would go towards his care.

He added: "The Ken Baker Comfort Fund will pay for any extras he needs while he is being cared for in the old people's home."

Major said Baker was "popular and charming", with many friends in the area.

Authorities in Britain were in contact with Barbara Baker and her family at her home in southern Spain.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

 

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