An Oswestry home care company has said a fond farewell to one of its directors, Trevor Upshall.
Trevor joined Allenby Douglas in 2002, alongside his wife Jenny who was inspired to set up the business in 1999 by her father Allenby Douglas Lummis. A former prisoner of war of the Japanese, he was passionate that the sick and frail should be cared for in their own home.
Trevor took the position of director at the Church Street office after an impressive nursing career spanning four decades. Born in the middle of an air raid at beginning of World War 2, like most children in those days he left school at 15 to enter work.
After a stint in the army, he decided to become a registered nurse in mental health and met wife Jenny while training.
After the birth of their daughter the family moved to a hospital in Lancashire which specialised in caring for people with learning disabilities. He became involved with the Royal College of Nursing, became chair of the branch and represented this speciality at a national level.
Trevor took up the post of senior nurse at a hospital in Cheshire specialising in learning disabilities. Known for his forward thinking he was asked by the health authority to establish a charity to take patients out of hospital to live in the community.
Trevor and Jenny later moved to the Oswestry area, having discovered its beauty whilst cruising the Llangollen canal on their narrow boat. Trevor rekindled his interest in flying from Chirk airfield and exploring the narrow backroads on his motorcycle.
He nursed at a local nursing home until he joined wife Jenny at Allenby Douglas. The company has gone from strength to strength, consistently obtaining the best results in CQC Inspections and is in the top 2% of domiciliary care companies in England having been awarded ‘outstanding’ by the CQC.