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It was like someone plugged me into an electric socket and recharged my batteries when I hadn’t even realised just how long I’d been running on empty

Wife of a now-retired Buckinghamshire firefighter, Sherron Razey and her family had been holidaying at Harcombe House for over 30 years. But she says she was unaware of the magic the team could work on people until they worked their magic on her.

Nine years ago, Sherron had an operation to completely fuse her ankle and has lived in pain ever since. She became withdrawn, sinking into a depression where she was reliant on pain medication just to get through the day.

After a chance conversation, Sherron and her husband Nicholas applied to come back to our Devon residential centre to take part in the programme. She says her week was utterly transformative.

“It turned out my ankle wasn’t the stopping point I’d always thought it had been” she says. “I might have to approach things in a slightly different way, but I could still do them. They showed me exercises I could do and explained how they would improve my muscles and balance without hurting (which I’d always been concerned about doing.) It was absolutely fantastic. By the time we left, I felt like a completely different person.”

Before going to Harcombe, Sherron would take around 12 painkillers a day. She says since they went down in February 2020, she’s had maybe a handful of tablets in total.

“It’s still painful, but I’ve learned to manage the pain in a different way because they’ve given me the tools to help,” she says. “They’ve completely changed my ethos on what I am able to do. All those years we’d been going there for holidays and I had no idea what a fantastic service they’ve got.”

Having previously struggled to walk or climb the stairs, Sherron now gets up early each day to walk the dog, enjoys riding her bike and gardening, as well as being a regular at the swimming pool, gym and bowls club.

“It was like someone plugged me into an electric socket and recharged my batteries when I hadn’t even realised just how long I’d been running on empty,” she says. “When you spend so many years sitting in your chair, you see people doing the things you used to be able to do but now can’t, and you lose all motivation. You think, I might as well just stay in bed, what’s the point of getting up? But I don’t think that anymore. Being at Harcombe made me a much happier person.”

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