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Zoom helps Robert meet daughter during lockdown


Reported by Robert

Published on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021

covid-19 Loneliness
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Zoom helps Robert meet daughter during lockdown


Written by Robert

Published on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021

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covid-19

Loneliness

Robert meets his daughter Ellie and other family members on zoom

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By Robert

My wife and I have only seen our daughter Eléonore, who has profound and multiple learning disabilities, once since November because since then – for very good reasons – her support agency has interpreted the social distancing rules in the strictest possible way. When we did see Ellie in December we stood in the garden of her flat and sang Christmas Carols to her through the window.

“We sang Christmas Carols to Ellie through the window.”

To try to stay properly in touch we now have a weekly four-way Zoom meeting between Ellie, her two brothers and Jacky and me. We sing her Beatles songs, wear funny hats and blow up balloons. Our get-togethers are often hampered by poor signals, lousy sound quality and Ellie not being able to see us properly if the Zoom is via a support worker’s phone rather than a projection on Ellie’s tablet or bedroom wall. Nevertheless we have a good noisy 60 minutes of fun.

Written by Robert


I'm the father of three, the youngest being my 30 year old daughter Eléonore. Ellie has profound and multiple learning disabilities, suffers frequent and unpredictable epilepsy, and she's also visually and hearing impaired. She is unable to tell her own stories about her life in Camden. I want to tell them for her. I have been retired for over ten years. Half my working life was spent in business and half in the charity world. Now (Covid allowing) I volunteer in local environmental projects and support people to improve their spoken English or develop their basic computer skills.

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