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Mercia Grange scores a surprise for 87-year-old Villa fan

March 26th 2019


Mercia Grange has surprised an 87-year-old resident with a special trip to Villa Park, complete with a meet and greet with stars from Villa’s 1980s squad. 

03 Gillian Wall meeting former players Tony Morley left and Ken McNaught right

The team at Mercia Grange runs a Wishing Tree initiative to help make residents’ wishes come true. They decided to surprise resident – and lifelong Aston Villa FC fan – Gillian Wall with a special matchday experience, enjoying watching the fixture against Middlesborough in a corporate box, to make her particular dream come true.

Gillian, who used to attend every AVFC game, proved something of a lucky charm for The Villa who won the home game 3-0. 

Shirley Gibbs, home manager at Mercia Grange, said: “Residents are at the heart of everything we do here at Mercia Grange, and we always like to go the extra mile to grant their wishes. I am really pleased that we were able to make Gillian’s wish of enjoying a special day at Aston Villa a reality, not only enabling her to meet former players Tony Morley and Ken McNaught, but also witness a great result for her favourite team. On her return home, we treated Gillian and her fellow residents to post-match fish and chips which was also very well received!”

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Mercia Grange is a CQC-rated ‘outstanding’ care home providing a full range of round-the-clock care for older people. Our Sutton Coldfield home provides completely personalised residential, nursing and dementia care on a short-term and permanent basis. The emphasis at Mercia Grange is on enabling your loved one to continue to enjoy a wonderful lifestyle. The home has its own cinema room, hair and beauty salon – plus an inviting café where residents can help themselves to a freshly brewed coffee or speciality tea, as well as a slice of homemade cake.

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538 Lichfield Road
Four Oaks
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West Midlands
B74 4EH

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