The team at Sunrise of Sonning took three residents on a socially distanced drive so they were able to see the outside world from a safe distance. One of the residents, Eleanor Smith, wrote to the team to thank them for the outing, explaining how much it meant to her. Eleanor said:
“I want to send a heartfelt thank you for the outing us three residents had in the car, it was so unexpected but at the same time, so welcome.
“I have not been out into the big wide world since February! I am lucky at Sunrise of Sonning as I can move around and we have such a delightful garden which I visit most days so I can experience the fresh air and the trees and flowers. We now also have a place out there where I can sit and have a rest and take shelter if it starts to rain.
“However, to be driven along the roads and to see the outlying villages and so many people being sensible and enjoying themselves along the side of the Thames through walking, cycling, running and boating was a lift to the spirits.
“To have this all capped by my first drive-thru visit to McDonalds and to taste their hash browns was entirely unexpected, thanks for the photo to mark this historic moment!
“I can’t help wondering how I would have survived all these months if I had still been living on my own, which I had done for 12 years. It is such a joy to be greeted by smiling faces each day and to know I can be helped over any hurdle.”