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   Enrych David and Lin’s story
  Enrych started with one man’s vision. A man before his  me, he was determined to create a society where adults with disabili es had the opportunity to pursue leisure and learning opportuni es within their local communi es. This man was the legendary WW2 pilot Leonard Cheshire who, alongside his wife Sue Ryder, founded Enrych in 1986 – then called Ryder Cheshire Volunteers.
Leonard Cheshire recognised that the medical and prac cal needs of adults with disabili es were o en well catered for by various agencies. However, very li le, if anything was available to enable people to enjoy the quality of life that everyone deserves. In par cular, Leonard Cheshire wanted to support people with disabili es to enjoy leisure and learning opportuni es of their choice.
The work started ini ally in Wallingford, South Oxfordshire. As word spread quickly, requests for support in neighbouring areas began to increase. Over  me, more projects were set up and today, Enrych currently works in Oxfordshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Warwickshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Swindon. Enrych operates as a family of branches, affiliated to the na onal organisa on, which reaches more people in local areas across the UK.
Leonard Cheshire’s vision has succeeded him and his work lives on. Enrych is commi ed to con nuing the legacy of its remarkable founder and to support adults with disabili es to live the most ac ve and independent lives possible.
The name ‘Enrych’ reflects the founders (husband and wife Leonard Cheshire and Sue Ryder) whilst explaining the work – enriching lives.
is that every adult with a disability is given the opportunity to
and to
       recognise their poten al, to connect, to engage
  enjoy life
  within their community
    David first met Lin when she was 15, they became childhood sweethearts, marrying at the age of 18, and they have been together ever since.
David ran Auto Taxi’s, whilst Lin ran the sister company Abingdon Taxis, a specialist business handling contracts/private hire. Lin also managed the accounts for both businesses and the staff. The businesses grew and were very successful. David wanted to celebrate Lin’s hard work, so he decided to buy her a new Mercedes, Lin’s first reac on was, “I can’t drive that...I don’t want it”, but li le by li le, Lin came to enjoy driving her car. Cars, driving, managing staff and accountancy, organising pick­ups of customers, vale ng and vehicle maintenance, all of this, became central to their lives. Time for bringing up their three children had to fit in with their daily rou nes. Doing the business and managing family life was ­ virtually ­ non­stop! David and Lin and their three children made the most of their precious  me together, with weekends away in their caravan, and numerous trips to the New Forest. They were a close­knit family; they worked hard and played hard.
Several years later, a er their children had grown up, David began to no ce changes in his wife’s demeanour, she became forge ul and some mes forgot where she was going, she also seemed a bit depressed and not herself at all. One day an incident at work showed David that his wife was very much not her professional and business like self, she lost her temper with members of staff and started swearing at them, “It was so unlike Lin, something that she would never do, she was great with our staff, it was an out of the ordinary event, which got me thinking”.
Worried about Lin, an appointment was made with her GP, it was decided that Lin should be referred to the John Radcliffe Hospital to see a Consultant. Lin underwent a series of tests and a brain scan to try to ascertain what was
happening to her. In 2011, it was determined that Lin had ‘Pick’s disease’ ­ a rare form of demen a, similar to Alzheimer’s disease, except that it tends to affect only certain areas of the brain. Lin was just 61 years old.
 Pick’s disease is a rare condi on that causes progressive and irreversible demen a. This disease is one of many types of demen as known as frontotemporal demen a (FTD). Frontotemporal demen a is the result of a brain condi on known as frontotemporal lobar degenera on (FTLD). If a person has demen a, their brain doesn’t func on normally. As a result, they may have difficulty with language, behaviour, thinking, judgment, and memory. Like pa ents with other types of demen a, they may experience dras c personality changes.
Many other condi ons can cause demen a, including Alzheimer’s disease. While Alzheimer’s disease can affect many different parts of your brain, Pick’s disease only affects certain areas. Pick’s disease is a type of FTD because it affects the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. The brain’s frontal lobe controls important facets of everyday life. These include planning, judgment, emo onal control, behaviour, inhibi on, execu ve func on, and mul tasking. The temporal lobe mainly affects language, along with emo onal response and behaviour.
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From here on in, David’s and his family’s life changed, Lin got progressively worse. Taking early re rement to look a er Lin, David is totally commi ed to caring for his wife, the mother of his children and business partner.
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