Residents’ wishes are as unique as they are. When the rugby season kicked off, the lifestyle team at Winchcombe Place in Newbury began making plans to take resident Brian on a trip to Cardiff Arms Park to see the Cardiff Blues play.
Brian was born and bred in South Wales, and has been a fan of the Cardiff rugby team for years. The lifestyle team whisked Brian up to Cardiff with his daughter, where they watched the game from an executive box. They met the head coach and some of the team, and, unbeknown to Brian, family members came along after the game – some of whom Brian hadn’t seen for 15 years.
Gordon Reynold is a resident of Britten Court in Lowestoft and was a proud member of the Lowestoft Territorial Army (now called the Army Reserve) for many years. In his younger years he would never miss a meeting, but attendance got harder when he moved to Britten Court. Knowing that Gordon’s wish was to meet up with his TA friends again, the home team organised for him to attend a reunion and catch up with friends.
Also at Britten Court, when Linda Kirk had a stroke, she thought it signalled the end of her days riding big motorbikes. So when she moved into the home and found out about its wishing tree, she knew exactly what her wish was going to be.
Home Manager, Chloe Swarbrick, found Wish List Bikers, a charity that provides motorbike and trike rides for adults and children with disabilities, and soon Linda was off for a ride. She says, “It was fantastic being out on the road again. I never thought I’d get the chance.”
A local biker group has also surprised a resident of The Potteries, in Poole. Knowing 91-year-old Ted had been a keen motorcyclist in his youth, and was keen to get on the road again, the home’s team set about making his wish come true.
Arrowhead Trike ‘n’ Bike Club delivered a modified bike to the home for Ted to ride on and many members accompanied him for his first ride in 54 years. Home Manager Zita says, “It was very special seeing Ted’s face when he saw the bikes, and I’ve never heard him laugh so much!”
Our home colleagues often take part in the many Memory Walks organised across the UK by the Alzheimer’s Society to raise funds and awareness of dementia. When the team at Priors House took part in the Leamington Spa Memory Walk, resident Ros joined in too. Ros has always loved walking, and her wish was simply to go on a long walk. What better way to grant her wish and support a great charity at the same time.