One resident at the luxury care home Gracewell of Weymouth has recently enjoyed a thrilling trip to sea in a day to remember.
Despite joining Gracewell of Weymouth just days prior, Roy Ricketts, 101, headed out on his first trip with the care home on 17th August.
After noting how he enjoyed seeing the cruise ships in the bay from his flat in Poole during the lockdown period, the team at Gracewell of Weymouth decided to treat their new resident with a fantastic trip to sea.
Roy is no stranger to the coast, with Bournemouth being his hometown since childhood. However, during the Second World War, he was called up to serve in the RAF’s Medical Branch. During this time, he went away to Castle Camps and Burma, where he served for 12 months, receiving the Burma Star for his service.
Following the end of the war, Roy returned to his home in Bournemouth. Here he resided, alongside his wife and daughter, Maureen, working as Committee Clerk for the Council and supporting the development of much needed homes and schools in the area.
And, still full of excitement and eager to embrace new opportunities at the age of 101, Roy and several other residents at Gracewell of Weymouth boarded the FM Freedom boat for a day of fantastic sights, where they enjoyed watching the cruise ships out at sea.
Reflecting on the trip out, Roy said:
“I never thought I would be able to do this within a care home. I really enjoyed the day, it was windy but not too cold, and it was lovely to be out at sea with the sea air. If there are spaces on any trips I would like to go. You have to take opportunities in life.”
Rachel Craig, Activities Co-ordinator at Gracewell of Weymouth, added:
“The residents really enjoyed the day. We always have such a great time on the FM Freedom boat. Thank you so much to the skipper and staff for a lovely afternoon.”