their help and encouragement over a period of 4 years, 1993 to 1997, my lifes story
would not have been possible for your eyes to read.
By the Author - ALAN RAYMENT
In recording my life, covering a span of 82
years most events, as for the common man, are affected by health, weddings, births, wars
However, to have lost two wives and to have had a son, H, who has suffered from paranoid
schizophrenia so severely that mental hospitals were unable to contain him is - uncommon.
Thankfully, through Barbara Castles policy of placing long term patients in the
community, H, as did others, found a housekeeper, Sylvia, who gave him love. Although not
able to overcome his paranoia, H found a purpose in life, producing high quality
paintings. The development of his artistic skill can be credited to Lynn, of the Grove
Centre, Southsea, from 1993. Hs unstable pattern had gradually been transformed from
his living nightmare to one of concern for others. I had at the Grove Centre, found that
the organiser, Stuart Olesker was personally involved with all the disadvantaged pupils of
his centre. He was able to offer me support in creative writing, to cope with my domestic
situation. My wife, Ella, suffered from a stroke and died a few months later.
Stuarts special caring qualities and appearance won my respect and affection,
likening him to Jesus Christ.
In my writing, I refer to a Guardian Angel, who from time to time had saved my life.
Little did I think that I should have a Fairy Princess, Pat, aided by another Princess,
Leigh, who became my weekly mentors during the completion of my epistle.
It would be rewarding if lessons could be learned from these pages to prevent sufferers of
paranoid schizophrenia attempting suicide and injuring themselves.