Rose DaviesRose Davies

Rose Davies is a sprightly and very busy 103 years old.  She was on duty as a Radar Operator during the 1944 D-Day landings on 6th June 1944. Rose and her colleagues had no idea what was about to happen when they started their shifts on that historic day; typically, she got on with the job and monitored developments on the French coast. She is a recipient of the prestigious Legion d’honneur, France’s highest distinction which few British nationals have received.

Rose, who grew up in Shrewsbury and still lives in the town, was a Samaritan for over 30 years and is now a popular member of the Chatterbox Action Against Loneliness Team.

Helen Page-Croft

Helen is a long-standing volunteer and supporter of Omega's work.  She joined the charity as a volunteer telephone befriender for the Chatterbox Action Against Loneliness Programme - a role she still performs.  As a former Cruse bereavement counsellor, Helen still actively contributes to bereavement support through an informal bereavement group at her local GP, and as a co-founder of Omega's Bereavement Friendship Group in Shrewsbury. 

With fond memories: Henry Brereton Heath MBE

Sadly, we lost our Patron, Henry, on 25th January 2020, aged 100.  Henry was a remarkable man who lived a full and interesting life.  He served in World War II before returning to his studies in pharmaceuticals.  He was highly successful and became managing director of a global flavourings and fragrance company based in Canada.  He published two major books on flavour technology and chemistry. Previously engaged in senior management, lecturing, running symposia and writing technical articles published internationally, he played a significant role in technical food associations as a proactive Fellow in their foundation and growth.  In 1978 he became a family carer for his wife and understood well the challenges of caregiving.  He joined Omega as a Trustee in 2009, and became Patron in 2015.  In December 2015 we dedicated the Omega Board Room in Henry's honour.

British Society of Flavourists article:
Henry Heath MBE - 100th Birthday

BBC article:
WW2 People's War - "A right-military cock-up"

With fond memories: Janet Wood

Our friend and Patron Janet Wood passed away in January 2021. Serving Omega since 2009, Janet was an inspirational, community-spirited woman who cared passionately about people. She touched the lives of many Omega clients and colleagues in Wolverhampton and beyond. Leading by example, she combined enthusiasm, common sense and kindness with the ability to get things done. She brought calm and quiet to challenging situations and strengthened any team facing a crisis.

By respecting and listening carefully to caring families, Janet helped shape the Omega Network of Meeting Point Groups. She was also instrumental in encouraging Omega to offer therapeutic work opportunities to capable colleagues who found it hard to secure conventional employment. She enjoyed the immense value of a strong, supportive family and in what little spare time she had, she escaped to the hills.

She will be greatly missed.