“It has brought tears of happiness to my eyes” Windsor care home resident’s wish comes true

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A care home in Windsor organised a very special visit for a 98-year-old resident who loves to sing. 

Margaret Lawrence, a resident at Care UK’s Mountbatten Grange, on Helston Lane, was treated to an afternoon of singing with the Salvation Army Band.

After finding out Margaret has been part for the Salvation Army for 83 years and wished to sing with them once again, Bubs Birdi, Lifestyle Lead at Mountbatten Grange, organised for their local band to pay a special visit to the home. 

Surprising Margaret, eight members of the local Salvation Army band arrived in the home’s gardens ready for a good old-fashioned sing-along – and Margaret’s dream came true, when she joined in singing with the band once again. 

Margaret enjoyed the afternoon singing along to songs including Amazing Grace and Glory, Glory Hallelujah and she even donned a special Salvation Army hat during the performance. 

This isn’t the first time the team at Mountbatten Grange has granted a wish – the care home has a Wishing Tree initiative which allows residents to suggest ideas for activities they would like to do. This supports residents to live fulfilling lives – from skiing for the first time to a fish and chip supper, no wish is too big or small.


Margaret said: “I have been a Salvationist for many years and enjoyed singing in their band. It has been wonderful for them to visit me and let me sing with them again. It has brought tears of happiness to my eyes.”

Debbie Winwood, Home Manager at Mountbatten Grange, said: “At Mountbatten Grange, we consistently encourage residents to lead fulfilling lives, whether that comes from helping out in the garden, or traveling down memory lane like Margaret.  

“We were thrilled to help Margaret’s wish become a reality and for her to enjoy the music of the Salvation Army in person once more. Margaret had a lovely afternoon, and it was great to see her face light up as they sang for her.

“We already have so many exciting wishes on our Wishing Tree and we can’t wait to organise more wishes as we go into the new year.”

Mountbatten Grange has been designed to deliver the very best standards of care and to enable residents to live active and fulfilled lives. The home provides full-time residential, nursing and dementia care, as well as short-term respite and palliative care.  

To find out more about Mountbatten Grange, call 0333 220 4064 or email Customer Relations Manager, Tracey Van Zyl, at Tracey.Vanzyl@careuk.com.

For more general information, please visit careuk.com/mountbatten-grange.

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