Care staff grant stargazing wish for Kent care home resident

Jack in Ashdown Forest
Jack in Ashdown Forest

After visiting Ashdown Forest with his daughter when they were young, Woodgate care home resident, Jack Angus, made a wish, to once more enjoy a night of stargazing in the forest with his daughter.


Accompanied by care staff of Woodgate, The Wish Appeal granted Jack’s wish on the clear evening of Wednesday 4th May, when the group made their way to the nearby forest for a night under the stars.


Armed with camping chairs, blankets, sandwiches and sherry, Jack and his family settled down to enjoy a serene evening of stargazing, with the help of a pair of binoculars.


Sue Whiteing, Jack’s daughter who accompanied Jack said: “It was something very special, we made a brilliant memory that will stay with us forever. It was something money cannot buy.”


Leah Gale, activity coordinator at Woodgate commented: “I think this wish is absolutely wonderful and really shows the impact that The Wish Appeal can have. A night under the stars is such a simple thing, that we all take for granted but that can mean so much to an older person, who isn’t able to get out and about as easy as we are.”


The Wish Appeal was created by The Abbeyfield Kent Society to grant wishes for residents living in its homes across the county. Whether they want to watch their favourite team play football or visit the town they grew up in, the Society aims to make these wishes come true.


The appeal relies solely on donations, to donate visit, or text ‘WISH05’ followed by the amount to 70070, e.g. ‘WISH05 £10’.


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