launched to help Bob the dog after loving owner dies
war veteran Harold Pursey, who refused to move into care unless
his faithful dog could go too, has died peacefully at the age
of 94 with his labrador Bob at his side.
Mr Pursey, a retired butcher, was allowed to keep Bob with him
when he moved first into a residential home and then, a few weeks
ago, into a nursing home.
Burnham Lodge Nursing Home also agreed to give Bob, aged 10,
a home for life.
This week, staff at the home in Berrow Road have launched a fundraising
drive to raise funds for any veterinary care that Bob may need
as the years go by.
Social worker Judith Alder, who helped ensure Mr Pursey found
dog-friendly care, and Soriaya Mandiga, the matron at Burnham
Lodge, each plan to undertake a daring sponsored wingwalk during
Elizabeth Jackson told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The home will
feed Bob and look after him, but veterinary bills can cost hundreds
"A Bobby Appeal bank account has therefore been set up to
which people who may like to sponsor us can donate."
She added: "Bob is really therapeutic for the residents
here in the home - he is much loved by us all."
Harold, pictured above, served with the 12 Lancers tank regiment
in World War II and regarded Bob as his comrade in arms.
Judith had to work hard at the time to find a care home that
would accept him and his dog.
Eventually, Frith House obliged and they remained there until
May of this year when Harold's health needs deteriorated and a
decision was made by Judith and a district nurse assessor that
nursing home care was now required.
Knowing that a potential parting for Harold and his beloved dog
would break his heart, finding a suitable nursing home seemed
a daunting if not impossible task.
Burnham Lodge saved the day and, so successful was the move, that
residents and staff agreed - after many discussions and negotiations
- to give the pair a home for life!
"When this suggestion was put to Mr Pursey, he was overwhelmed
and cried with relief, knowing that his beloved dog would have
no further traumas in being re-homed after his death. A formal
contract was then drawn up to safeguard and ensure Bobs
permanent home," the home's Administrator, Martin Cox, told
To make donations to Bobbys Appeal Fund, send a cheque
payable to Burnham Lodge Residents Fund to: Bobbys
Appeal, Burnham Lodge Nursing Home 147, Berrow Road, Burnham-On-Sea
Mr Pursey's funeral will take place at Weston-Super-Mare crematorium
at 3.30pm this Thursday (September 2nd), where staff have relaxed
their 'no dogs' rule to allow Bob to attend.
Pictured (top) above are RGN Elizabeth Jackson, Health Care
Assistant Sam Butler and Nursing Home Administrator Martin Cox
with Bobby the dog and, beneath, the late Harold Pursey with his