Petition Delivery Day 16 September 2021
Hundreds of members of Rights for Residents held a protest outside the Gates of Downing Street in September, calling on the Government to ensure care home residents have the legal right to an essential visitor. It was an amazing turnout and the sea of blue RFR Campaign tops was a sight to behold.
This unique opportunity brought together families from all over the country, affected by the visiting restrictions. Many of those in attendance continue to campaign in memory of their loved ones who died after prolonged periods of separation.
During the protest members of the Rights for Residents Team, including their ambassador Ruthie Henshall and the Shadow Minister for Care, Liz Kendall handed in a petition with over 270,000 signatures.
Support “Gloria’s Law” and end isolation for care home residents
West End performer and actress Ruthie Henshall has been personally affected by the harsh visiting restrictions imposed on care homes during the pandemic. Tragically, she lost her own wonderful mum Gloria, after witnessing her decline from the other side of a window, over many torturous months. She passed away after suffering long periods of isolation that left her confused and distressed. Like so many others that have joined Rights for Residents, she felt as though she was grieving for someone that was still alive.
As the Ambassador for Rights for Residents, Ruthie is campaigning for “Gloria’s Law”. If passed, this legislation would ensure that all those in health and care settings has a legal right to at least one Care Supporter that could visit them in all circumstances.