18 Feb 21

A tribute to Clive Iles

Written by Brunelcare
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A tribute to Clive Iles

We would like to pay tribute to Clive, a beloved volunteer at our Deerhurst care home, who sadly passed away in December.

Clive Iles was born in Hanham, Bristol, in 1936. During his younger years he got a job at Royal Mail, where he spent 35 years working in the sorting office.

When his mother, Irene ‘Rene’ Iles, became one of the first residents to move into Deerhurst, he quickly became accustomed to spending his time at the home, becoming friendly with the team and other residents. Clive enjoyed spending time at Deerhurst so much that when Irene passed away in 1998, Clive decided to become a full-time volunteer at the care home.

Clive was a welcome addition in all areas of the home, always willing to lend a helping hand. His roles included admin, answering the phones, and taking care of the recycling, alongside many other jobs, and he would always go out of his way to assist the laundry and catering teams. Clive regularly greeted visitors, bringing a smile to everyone who walked through the door.

Clive Iles award

Clive volunteered at Deerhurst care home for an incredible 22 years, providing over 35,000 hours of service by 2019, where he received a certificate to mark the special occasion. His dedicated work was also recognised at the Great British South West Care Awards 2018, where he won the Unpaid Carers award for his dedication to volunteering.

In his spare time, Clive liked to go for walks or meet up with friends for a coffee, and he also enjoyed walking holidays in the Isles of Scilly. He loved flying - receiving his piloting license at 70 years old! Clive regularly attended the Bristol Flying Club, where he would have a cup of tea and enjoy watching the planes come in.

The positive atmosphere Clive brought to Deerhurst touched the hearts of the team, residents and visitors alike. Lesley Hobbs, care home manager at Deerhurst, said: “Clive is hugely missed for his gentlemanly manners, his genuine interest in people, his willingness to do anything to help and his memory for detail, along with the 20 cups of coffee he made us every day.”

Clive was sadly diagnosed with a terminal illness in 2020 and moved into Deerhurst, where he spent his final months in the place he loved most, surrounded by his team. He passed away peacefully in December.

Clive’s warm presence will be remembered by all at Brunelcare, always staying positive and helping everyone in any way he could. His willingness to help others made him a treasured member of the Deerhurst team, and we will never forget his dedication to making people smile. Rest in peace Clive.

To find out more about volunteering at Brunelcare, please click here.

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