Swarthmore Residential Care Home tries to make wishes come true. All it takes is a brief conversation with a resident and some research.
One example was talking to one of our residents whilst visiting her in her room. She was listening to Strauss, explaining that she was very passionate about his music. She particularly told me how she likes to listen to Andre Rieu on TV when some of his concerts are on. ‘Oh how wonderful it would be to go and experience this’ she said. I was on a mission to see if there were any concerts during the year; only 2 weeks away!
I made contact with the VP of the OVO Arena who was very accommodating, he made a donation of tickets so we could make her wish come true. We organised transport whisking her off to the venue. VIP treatment was given; comfortable area to sit with table and chairs, a programme was supplied. An amazing start to the evening.
The opening scene was a piece of music that was recognised as a favourite ‘Blaze Away’. Seeing ‘Manoe Konings’ who is so talented was absolutely breath taking, fascinating how she starts off playing the clarinet moving to bagpipes, dancing, singing – unbelievable. The audience were clapping and cheering ‘encore’, this was all part of the amazing atmosphere. An absolute breath-taking atmosphere and an amazing experience that will not be forgotten quickly.
One of our young carer’s accompanied Biddy; said she thoroughly enjoyed the experience and was so appreciative of the opportunity.
Once again, we would like to express our thanks to John and Gina for helping organise the wonderful experience for Biddy.