Lilian Leach hangs wish on tree

A visit from Cliff Richard and a bouquet of flowers are among the Christmas wishes at a Billericay care home.

And at least two of the more than 70 residents at Anisha Grange will have their wish come true as part of an initiative organised by the home.

Residents at the residential, nursing and dementia home on Outwood Common Road, have been invited to write their heart’s desire on a star and hang it on a wish tree.

Avnish Goyal, managing director of the homes’ parent company, Hallmark Care Homes plans to make a least two wishes happen for a resident from each of the 15 Hallmark Care Homes across England and Wales.

Mr Goyal said:

"We wanted to give our residents an opportunity to do something or have something they thought they would never get a chance to do again. It could be anything from seeing their favourite show in the West End, to visiting their place of birth, or a long lost relative. It’s also a great reminiscence activity, particularly for our residents living with dementia. All of our residents get Christmas presents from Hallmark on Christmas Day but getting to know what they would like to do or have gives us an opportunity to truly enhance their happiness and make a difference.”

Wishes that were granted from last year’s competition include; reuniting a resident with his teenage sweetheart after 20 years apart and taking a resident to celebrate her 95th birthday at the Ritz.

Jane Knight, customer relationship manager at Anisha Grange said:

“We are very excited to make some of these wishes come true for our residents. Since we have encouraged our residents to think of a wish, we have found out some great things about them which we would never have known.”

The home also plans to make some smaller wishes come true and says it will look at making others happen throughout the year and on the resident’s birthday.

The 2016 Christmas wish winners will be announced in the New Year.

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