Care homes create magic moments for residents


brighterkind care homes, are running a scheme called ‘Wishing Well’ throughout their 71 homes, that aims to enrich the lives of their residents, enabling them to feel really valued and special. The experience may be trying something new or reliving a fond memory. Wishes can be big or small, cost lots or nothing at all, but the overall aim is to create something meaningful and magical for the people in their care.

Over the last few months the brighterkind Activities Coordinators, who can be easily recognised in their homes due to their wonderful pink uniforms, have been creating some real Magic Moments for the people in their care homes.  

One of the residents Ashurst Park care home in Tunbridge Wells, Raymond Ester, has links with Newcastle United having had a player in his family who used to play for the club back in 1914. The players name was J.E.Ester and his son, Raymond, is cared for at the home. Raymond’s wish was to see Newcastle play in way of remembering his Dad and to fulfil his own aspiration of being at a match.

Unfortunately, due to health circumstances the home were unable to take Raymond up to Newcastle, however they spoke to the club, who were delighted in helping to grant Raymond’s wish. They arranged for a personal letter from the legendary Peter Beardsley, ex Newcastle and England player to be sent. Raymond received his letter and was absolutely over the moon with it. He said how lovely and thoughtful it was, it bought a tear to his eye and cannot wait to show his letter off to everyone!.

Lawton Manor, in Church Lawton, granted resident Molly’s wish to be in a show. The 91 year old wished to be the star in a show, so the home hosted their very own production of “The Sound of Music” in which Molly shone like the star that she is. Molly, was delighted to have been in the show and said it’s a day she will never forget.

Ross Court resident, Betty Lewis, 99 years of age, had the wish to be able to drive a horse and carriage. Betty’s father was a Blacksmith, and she used to spend a lot of time with her niece, going to a number of horse shows in previous years. Although she spent a lot of her time with horse, she unfortunately never had the chance to learn to ride herself. At the age of 99 Miss Lewis felt it was perhaps a little late in life to learn, but the home convinced her that it is never too late!

Home Manager, Janet Auty, approached the carriage driving division of the ‘Riding for the Disabled Association’ based in Newnham on Severn for some help in making Betty’s wish a reality. They were thrilled to be able to help us achieve this, describing Betty as ‘an inspirational lady’

Betty along with her niece, enjoyed a ride through the village and along the side of the River Severn. She said she ‘couldn’t believe it was happening, and ‘felt she was in a dream’. These moments we shared with Betty we will cherish forever and it was so magical to be able to share this wonderful day with her!


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