Family supports continuation of charity's Rosh Hashanah appeal after its subject dies

Jewish Care's New Year appeal is now a "lasting legacy" to the woman featured


The Rosh Hashanah appeal of Jewish Care is particularly poignant this year following the death of one of its subjects, Rosie Pittal.

From the time she underwent emergency heart surgery 30 years ago, Mrs Pittal had been looked after by husband Hyman, a D-Day veteran. “It’s my job to care for my wife,” he said. “She’s precious to me.”

Six years ago, he began to notice changes in her behaviour — she had dementia. He was determined to continue caring for her, even though he was almost 90. They had not been apart since their marriage in 1945. But when he was hospitalised, Mrs Pittal moved into Jewish Care’s Lady Sarah Cohen House in Friern Barnet.

Not wanting to be separated — “we go together” — Mr Pittal also moved into the home after his release from hospital. “We sit together and enjoy the entertainment,” he said.

The charity had already sent the appeal literature to supporters when Mrs Pittal died. It consulted the family, who decided they wanted the appeal to continue to raise money to help others in similar situations.

David Pittal and Hilary Cohen, the couple’s children, said: “It is obviously a difficult time for our family. But the support, care and warmth we have from Jewish Care is helping us through. Knowing mum is part of the appeal is her lasting legacy and a way for us to thank Jewish Care for all they’ve done and continue to do for our family.”

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