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Care home starts repatriation fund after sad death of Great Sankey carer
Updated 4:51pm Tuesday 1st July 2014 in News
STAFF and families of residents at a Great Sankey care home have rallied together to help the children of a Filipino carer, who died in a car accident, have her body repatriated back home.
Christeta Ferrer, known as Teta to staff and relatives at Green Park care home, was killed last Saturday during an accident on the m6 at Stafford services which also left her husband in intensive care.
The 59-year-old’s sad death left many stunned at the home but they have been keen to help her family in the Philippines who are currently trying to get emergency visas to fly over.
Diane Bailey, manager at the Southwold Crescent home, said: “Everyone was very shocked and upset when we heard the news and it’s had a big impact on the families.
“We put her picture up in reception and explained what happened and everyone has been so generous.
“She was the bread winner and the head of the family and it would be really important to Teta to be back at home.
“But when I started calculating the cost of repatriation I knew her family would need help.”
Mums of staff members have been baking cakes to sell as well as bacon butties and raffles to raise enough for her body to be repatriated which is estimated to cost just under £5,000.
Teta, who had been heading to Bristol when the accident happened, had previously been a qualified nurse in the Philippines but has been away from home for the last 15 years working as a carer to help pay for her children’s education.
Diane added: “She worked all her life to support her family.
“She was quiet at work and the other Filipinos called her Auntie Teta as a respectful thing as she was one of the elders.
“We just want to do what we can to help.”
Donations for the repatriation fund can be left at the care home.