World Wish Day, on 29th April, is an annual event when people come together to transform lives for critically ill children by making their wishes come true.
We love this idea and believe in the importance of granting wishes for older people too. The Care UK Fulfilling lives ethos recognises that older people still have lives to live, and that we’re here to help them to do the things they love and achieve their dreams.
Over the past few months, teams at Care UK homes have been continuing to make wishes come true for residents as part of our Wishing Tree initiative.
When former ballerina, Brunie, wanted to see a ballet again, the team at Ambleside in Stratford-upon-Avon enabled her to relive her younger years with a trip to watch Giselle, in Leamington Spa and meet the dancers from the Ballet Company afterwards.
When Bernard, who lives at Field Lodge in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, wanted to meet up with his brother, John, after four years apart, the team organised a special 93rd birthday surprise for him – they took him to John’s home for a reunion. Bernard said: “The surprise trip has made this birthday one to remember. "I was over the moon to see my brother again and I can’t thank the team enough for taking me to see him.”
The team at Mercia Grange in Sutton Coldfield surprised resident Gillian – a lifelong Aston Villa FC fan –with a special matchday experience, enabling her to watch a match against Middlesbrough in a corporate box, to make her dream come true. Gillian used to attend every AVFC game, and proved to be a lucky charm for Villa, who won 3-0. Gillian talks about her day in this video.
A resident at Weald Heights in Sevenoaks has also had a sports-themed wish fulfilled. Shirley has always had an interest in golf, and would often watch her uncle, professional golfer, Sam King, play a round of golf. She became a member of Knole Park Golf Club in Sevenoaks, where she won several medals before retiring from the game in the mid-1970s. Her wish was to tee off at the golf club where she had so many happy memories, so the team at Weald Heights organised a surprise visit to Knole Park Golf Club to make it happen.
Violet's wish takes off
It was an iconic flying machine from World War II that Violet, a resident at Banbury’s Highmarket House care home, was keen to see. Violet worked in the Spitfire factory in Oxford during the war, where they made and repaired the planes, and her wish was to get up close to one of these legendary aircraft again.
The care home team hatched a plan with Channel 5’s ‘Do the right thing’ programme to take Violet to the RAF Museum in Hendon, which has four Spitfires. The programme’s hosts, Ruth Langsford and Eamon Holmes, were there to meet her and film her trip for the show, which was shown in early February.
The programme is currently available to watch on the Channel 5 website.