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Edensor Resident’s Wish Comes True as She Watches Colchester United Play

On 30 April, Edensor Care Home senior care worker Steve Polley and carer Mark Rochester took a very excited Ann Charlton to Colchester United’s last game of the season against Walsall. Ann was over the moon as this was her the first time in three years that she had been able to watch her favourite team live.

The visit was part of the Edensor wish tree initiative which gives all residents at the Diagrama Care Home in Clacton the opportunity to request one special wish. Ann is an avid supporter of Colchester United and her wish was to see her team play live. Due to covid restrictions and self-isolating Ann has not been able to attend a game for a few years so making her wish come true was very important for the Edensor team

Once the game started Ann proudly joined in with the other supporters singing the football chants loudly to cheer on her team. The result was a 2-2 draw, and Ann thoroughly enjoyed seeing Freddie Sears score two goals to get her League Two team, one point.

After the game Ann had the chance to meet some of the players and was over the moon to get a photograph and an autograph with Colchester’s centre back, Thomas Eastman.

When Ann got back to Edensor, she proudly showed everyone her picture with Thomas and told them all about her day at the JobServe Community Stadium in Colchester.

Lindsey Milliken, Deputy Care Manager, Edensor, said, “A big thank you to senior carer Stephen Polley and carer Mark Rochester who made Ann’s wish come true. Our wish tree has been such a lovely thing to introduce and as well as taking Ann to this match, we have fulfilled many other wishes including getting a kitten, visiting a golf range and throwing a fabulous princess party.”