Anne Brokenbrow who is 104-years-old has revealed her wish to be ARRESTED because she’s never committed a crime – and police are set to oblige.
Anne lives at Stokeleigh care home in Stoke Bishop, Bristol and she stunned care home staff who asked residents to fill in a form asking for their ‘wishes’.
Mrs Brokenbrow’s wish read: “My wish is… to be arrested. I am 104 and I have never been on the wrong side of the law.”
Police from Somerset and Avon Police teams were very happy to grant Mrs Brokenbrow’s wish with a meet and greet, friendly chat and a quick ride in their police car as a ride along experience.
Anne lives with dementia and the committed and dedicated team at Stokeleigh strive to make a positive difference to the lives of the residents. Stokeleigh, as a part of the Hartford Care family of homes, governed by three core principles: Care, Comfort and Companionship.
Alex is the Care Home Manager at Stokeleigh:
Our residents lead active lives and have varied interests that they want to pursue, and we do everything we can to make their dreams a reality. It has been great to work with the team at Alive Activities because we can share ideas and create something special that will make the residents smile. I’m excited to see how the wishes from the residents will be granted because it will really make their day!
Anne’s wish was granted thanks to the leading older people’s charity, Alive Activities, which works in over 300 care homes and day centres across south and south-west England.
Alive’s new project, called ‘The Wishing Washing Line”, encourages community spirit so thoughtful benefactors donate their time, resources and expertise.
Watching the arrest, Alive CEO, Simon Bernstein, said “It was lovely to see the smile on Anne’s face as she sat in the police car with handcuffs on and the blue lights flashing. Alive believes it’s important older people can live happy, fulfilled lives and one way to achieve this is by listening to what they want and doing all we can to make it happen”.
A suggestion box was given to the 28-bed Stoke Bishop residential home, to encourage the residents to ‘make a wish’! Residents completed small forms and placed these in the box. The wishes were then collected and hung on a washing line in the local Coop supermarket, so customers could see the wishes and make them come true!
The project relies on acts of kindness from the general public to fulfil the range of desired wishes, such as:
• Esme wants to enjoy a thrilling ride in a Rolls Royce
• Margaret would love to enjoy the fun of a carousel ride
• A racing car driving experience has been requested by Sheila
• Mervyn has never driven a car before and would love to take to the open road for the first-time experience
The idea was developed by Alive Activities, the UK’s leading charity enriching the lives of older people in care and training their carers. Founded in 2009, Alive’s vision is a world where older people live lives full of joy, meaning and opportunity.
The Alive team have worked with Stokeleigh since 2017, to engage older people creatively through meaningful activity sessions while enhancing connections to local communities.
Located in Stoke Bishop, a peaceful suburb of Bristol, Stokeleigh is a residential care home that makes a positive difference to the quality of life for those who call the charming building, ‘home’.
Hartford Care is delighted at the opportunity to collaborate from the project learning and community engagement to build positive relationships and stimulating activities.