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Can You Make A Care Home Resident’s Wish Come True?

From a VIP luxury train ride to playing Vegas casino slot machines, can you help to make a care home resident’s wish become reality?

The thoughtful care team at Sedgley Court care home in Dudley have partnered with the Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton to launch a ‘Wishing Line’ for residents to ‘peg’ their wishes in the hope that members of the local community can assist to make dreams come true.

Residents discussed the wishes that they would most like to come true, before working together to make the fun washing line with each wish written on an item of clothing and pegged to the line.

The wishes range from a trip to the local swimming baths, a visit to the Black Country Museum, a day of fishing, a VIP Casino experience, being tailored for a 3 piece suit, meeting a parrot and even learning how to waltz.

The wishing line will be on display in the front window at the Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton, situated on Lichfield Street, for the rest of the year to give members of the community the opportunity  to assist in granting wishes for the residents.

Deputy Manager, Emma Southall​, said, ‘We are really excited about the launch of our wishing line and can’t wait to hear from members of the community who can help us! We have some brilliant wishes, and it means the world to everyone at Sedgley Court to be able to make our residents wishes come true, no matter how challenging, big or small – I am determined to make each wish a reality!’.

Valerie Roberts, wished to use the ‘Vegas’ style slot machines, she said, ‘I think it is incredibly kind that the team are working so hard to make our wishes come true. It would make my day to visit a casino and learn how to play on the slot machines – and even win! I would love to connect with people who can make it happen. It would be a memory that I would treasure forever!’.

Home Manager, Kim Dean, said, ‘We decided to launch this initiative as we wanted to give our residents the opportunity to do something they love that they thought they’d never get the chance to do again. It has been really fantastic learning about all of our residents interests, wishes and the back stories behind them – it has been a brilliant reminiscing activity. We have a great relationship with our local community, and I look forward to hearing from them to help one of our residents to live out their wishes’.