Three wishes come true

Joan at the Bournemouth Balloon
Joan at the Bournemouth Balloon

A balloon ride, a chance to talk football, and a pilot’s trip down memory lane: three ambitions recently realised at our homes.

Joan Mackay, 104, had always wanted to fly high so we arranged for her to travel from Court Lodge in Lymington to Bournemouth and soar 492 feet into the air in the gondola of the helium-filled town centre balloon. Joan’s verdict: “I loved it.”

At The Aldbury in Poole, Healthcare Assistant Sue Cruikshank brought together her daughter Mia, a talented footballer just selected for the Under 15s England National Performance Camp, with 81-year-old resident and former Cherries player Dennis Bushby.

After the pair had talked soccer, Sue said: “It was lovely that Mia, who is at the start of her soccer career, was able to meet someone who is still remembered by those who followed AFC Bournemouth in the 1950s.”

Ex-flying boat pilot Captain Bill Lock returned to Poole Harbour, where he test flew seaplanes around 70 years ago, on a trip with fellow residents from our Dorchester care home, Castle View.

FOOTBALL FOCUS: Mia and Dennis at The Aldbury

FOOTBALL FOCUS: Mia and Dennis at The Aldbury

Bill, 95, piloted most of the seaplanes from Poole at a time when it was the UK’s main flying boat base. He recalled his piloting days as “a wonderful time.”

Colten Care Activities Manager Karen Burdon said: “These examples just go to show how diverse life can be in a care home and that ambitions can be realised whether you are young or not so young.”

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