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Steering the wheel! 88-year-old Horsham resident learns how to drive for the first time

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A resident at a care home in Horsham is on the road to success as she’s finally fulfilled her lifelong dream to drive a four wheeled vehicle.

Anne Fuller, a resident at Care UK’s Skylark House, on St Marks Lane, has satisfied a long-held desire to get behind the wheel and have her very first ‘driving lesson’ at 88 years old – with a mobility scooter.

Being unable to drive her whole life, unlike the rest of her family, Anne says she always felt left out. After moving to Horsham, she made a wish through the home’s wishing tree scheme, which allows residents to submit their dreams with the hope that residents and staff might be able to help fulfill them.  

On receipt of Anne’s wish, the team at Skylark House set to work to make her dream come true and has helped Anne with driving lessons after purchasing a motorised mobility scooter. With the help of Lifestyle Lead, Becky Vincent, Anne has been practicing her steering in between cones in the home’s outdoor space.  

Commenting on her new wheels, Anne said: “I’m delighted to have started driving at 88. My next wish is to meet James Martin – maybe I can take him for a spin if he’s ever in Horsham!”

Dorota Woloszyn, Home Manager at Skylark House said: “Every resident is different, and we like to make sure they all feel at home here at Skylark House. Our wishing tree is a wonderful way to understand our residents better and see what is really meaningful to them. It is fantastic to be able to make their wishes come true.

“Driving has always been one of Anne’s unfulfilled life aspirations, and at the age of 88 it was fantastic to make this a reality. She was thrilled when she came back from her first lesson, as it was something she thought she’d never get the chance to do. At Skylark House you are never too old to learn new skills!”

Skylark House 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.  

For more information on Skylark House, please call Customer Relations Manager, Beverly Jordan, on 01403 887 578 or email beverly.jordan@careuk.com.

For more general information, please visit: careuk.com/skylark-house.

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St Marks Lane, Horsham, Sussex, RH12 5PU

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  • Respite care
  • End of life care
  • Nursing dementia care
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