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Wishing Trees

Making residents' dreams come true in every single home

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At Care UK we love to make dreams come true 

Most Care UK homes have a wishing tree

When a resident hangs a wish on the tree, the care home team and their family will go above and beyond to try and grant it. These wishes can be big or small – from getting a tattoo or seeing the Dreamboys, to flying in a helicopter!

Our vision at Care UK is to give residents fulfilling and active lives, and the Wishing Tree initiative is just one way we live that ethos. Keep scrolling to read more about residents' wishes.

Some of the dreams we’ve made into reality

Read about some of the exciting wishes our teams have granted over the past few months.

Discover more of our favourite wishes...

Dancing Queens

The team at Bourley Grange care home surprised an ABBA loving resident with a very special  trip to the ABBA Voyage concert in London. 

The boss is back!

Ted was delighted when his wish to return to the company he co-founded in 1983, was granted by the team at Priors House

 

I really enjoyed the day going back to where I had many happy years and I was so pleased to see my surname is still being used in the company name.

Ted

A triumphant surprise!

The team at Winchcombe Place arranged for resident Patricia to be reunited with her favourite car. Patricia’s pride and joy in her younger years was a Triumph Spitfire - she owned one for over 30 years. With the help of a local car enthusiast, she got to have a spin once more.

Teenage dream

Helen from Foxland Grange  decided to make her teenage dream come true and get her first tattoo. The 77  year old resident  had always wanted a tattoo, since admiring her late partners, who was a biker. Keen to fulfil her dream, Helen braved the needle – much to her enjoyment.

On the House

The team at The Potteries helped resident David visit the Poole Quay pub his great-grandfather used to own in the early 1900s. David had always wanted to visit the pub to see it for himself and to be closer to his family history. 

Barbara's cheeky wish

Resident Barbara from Darlington Court has been passionate about art since school and kept it as a hobby throughout her life. She had always wanted to experience a life drawing class for herself so the home welcomed a nude model to complete her lifelong wish!

 
 

I really enjoyed the class; especially as other residents joined in and enjoyed it too. I was especially impressed with how long the model could remain still in a pose!

Barbara

Bill's aircraft wish

Airforce veteran Bill was thrilled when the team at Chichester Grange aranged a visit to Tangmere Aviation Museum, where he was reunited with the English Lightning Fighter Aircraft. Bill had worked on this aircraft during the Second World War and had proud memories of the airplane.

Sally's zipline wish

85-year-old dare devil Sally took to the skies and soared over Penrhyn Slate Quarry at 100mph on a 1.5km zipline – the fastest in the world. In the past Sally has paraglided over Morzine, in France, but was determined to soar even higher.  When the team at Deewater Grange learnt about her wish, it was their pleasure to grant it for her.

Sally's zipline wish

Dennis' skydive wish

Team members at Dashwood Manor wasted no time in organising 89-year-old resident Dennis' lifelong wish to skydive. "My wish was to jump out of a plane and freefall for as long as possible," he said.

Dennis took to the skies on 25th April and jumped out of a plane at 15,000 feet. After the jump he said: “It was splendid. The feeling of free falling was just amazing, and I was just trying to take it all in. It was better than I ever expected. Age is only a number. You can do anything if you are determined." 

 

Age is only a number. You can do anything if you are determined.

Not only did Dennis take the leap on his skydive, but he also used the opportunity to fundraise for Marie Curie. Read more about Dennis' skydive experience, or watch the video below.


Dennis' skydive wish

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