Hot air balloon ride high on the wish list

Each member of a residential care home in Wiltshire were offered the chance to fulfil a wish to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Some of the more adventurous choices made by the thrill-seeking elderly residents are a hot air balloon ride, driving an HGV lorry and riding pillion on a motorbike. More sedate requests have been for a bouquet of roses and traditional cream tea.

Ridgeway House in Royal Wootton Bassett is one of 72 care homes across Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Lincolnshire and Wiltshire owned and operated by the Orders of St. John Care Trust, a not for profit charitable trust.

Royal Wootton Bassett Council have put together a programme of events to be held in the town over the Bank Holiday weekend, including street parties, children’s entertainers and food and drink stalls. The lucky residents of Ridgeway House have already begun achieving their dreams with the help of a number of local businesses, who have been pleased to participate in making the old folks’ dreams come true as part of the Jubilee celebrations.

A hot air balloon ride is one of the most pleasant ways of enjoying the countryside so it is not surprising that it was a popular choice on the wish list, although the first resident to fulfil her wish was Val Curtis aged 79, who was thrilled with her first ride in a lorry, sponsored by a local firm. Speaking after her ride, she said:

“It was something I have always wanted to do.”

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