Allenbrook Nursing Home

Residents story

Residents story

In one of our earlier newsletters we told the amazing true story of one of our residents, Len York who in 1971 successfully climbed the Matterhorn for the first time. On a second attempt, at the age of forty five on July 23rd 1972, he had an accident on the decent and fell 120 ft down the East Face of the Matterhorn where he lay for eight hours, on his own with a broken neck and in a coma.

George Cloughley his climbing pal raised the alarm to rescue Len from 2,000 feet below and he was recovered by three Swiss guides and a nurse who found him at midnight after their climb. It was 5 am when the Air Zermatt helicopter rescued him and he was admitted to hospital in Berne Switzerland for two weeks.

In 2001 Len published a book entitled “A Long Way from Clent,” relating the story about his experiences and his remarkable recovery. Since he came to us Len has sold over twenty copies of his book and is still counting.

Len joined us here at Allenbrook on 25th July 2014 where he has entertained the residents, staff and visitors at Allenbrook with his album of his exciting climbing experiences ever since. Len had a special occasion on April 28th this year when he celebrated his 90th birthday. He had many friends and relatives visiting him in his bedroom with cards and gifts throughout the day. We celebrated with a birthday cake for him at teatime and we all sang Happy Birthday to him in his bedroom

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