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Winchester Care Home Resident Tony Day’s Perfect Day Watching Favourite Football Team

Winchester care home resident Tony Day enjoyed his perfect day when he went to see his favourite football team play in London.

Tony, who is 90, is a huge fan of Brentford FC. His care home, Brendoncare St Giles View in Winchester, arranged for him to go and see the club’s local London derby match on 4th May against Fulham at the Gtech Community Stadium.

Accompanied by his daughter Susanna and care assistant Stuart Weatherall, Tony was given the VIP treatment, the club featuring a photo and a quote from him in the match day programme.

Sadly, the match was a goalless draw, but Tony had the time of his life. He said afterwards: “It was overwhelming in a good way. It was so interesting to see the new stadium and all the people at the match. I now plan to go to another game.

“I am really grateful to Stuart who worked very hard to make my visit such a pleasurable one. He was very helpful and supportive. I have not seen my daughter look so happy for ages sharing this day with me.”

Tony used to live in south-west London: he, his dad and granddad were all fans of Brentford. He first saw them play in the 1946/47 season when, he recalls, they beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-1. His favourite players were forward Jimmy Brooks, goalkeeper Joe Crozier, half back Ken Coote and forward Jimmy McAdam.

At Christmas, he received a signed shirt from the club as a present.

His football match visit is part of Brendoncare’s Perfect Day project designed to enable residents to enjoy their best possible day.

Another St Giles View resident Norma Watts also recently enjoyed a memorable day being pampered at a spa in Berkshire. These days are being made possible through funding from The McLay Dementia Trust.

Rebecca Spicer, Brendoncare’s Wellbeing Manager, added: “We are so thrilled we can make dreams come true for our residents. Creating special memories for them is so important, and we know Tony had the most fantastic time watching his favourite team play.

“We have several more surprises lined up for our residents at Brendoncare St Giles View and we cannot wait for them to enjoy their perfect days with us.”

 

 
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