93-year-old Harold sells childhood memories to raise money for care home residents
93-year-old Harold Oliver is selling his memoir to raise money for fellow residents at The Laurels residential care home in Carlisle.
Harold, who was used to going out every day in his motorised wheel-chair, was looking for something to keep him occupied during the current Coronavirus restrictions.
So he decided to put pen to paper and write a memoir of his childhood in the Yorkshire village of South Hiendly near Wakefield.
“I can’t sit doing nothing for long,” said Harold. “So I got thinking about my childhood. It took a couple of weeks to write. I’d think about it in the morning and then jot it down in the afternoon.”
Titled ‘Now and Then,’ Harold’s memoir reflects on a time when the greengrocer made deliveries by horse and cart, back-to-back houses had outside toilets and a popular meal was cowheel and shin beef.
Harold, his daughter and The Laurels staff have hand delivered letters to nearby residents asking if they would like to make a small donation in return for a copy of Harold’s memoir. He has already made £240 breaking the original target of £200.
The money will go to the residents’ fund which helps to pay for entertainers, day trips and activities for the 21 residents who live at The Laurels on Norfolk Road.
The Laurels is run by national not-for-profit care provider Creative Support and manager Sharon Morrows said: “Harold is very active and busy. He likes to go out every day and the current restrictions have been quite difficult for him. This was something he came up with entirely himself and we would love for him to be recognised for all his hard work.”