Mary’s wish to visit Duxford Air Museum

Staff at The Grange Care Home in Saffron Walden helped resident Mary Raynor fulfil her wish to visit IWM Duxford, Europe's largest air museum last week. Mary’s wish was fulfilled as part of a ‘Make a wish’ initiative run by Country Court, the company behind The Grange.

Residents from The Grange have enjoyed a trip to Duxford Air Museum, they spent time admiring the huge aircraft and vehicles and learning about the history of the British and American Air Force. Mary has been a member of the IWM for many years and has always had an interest in films about the war and science behind planes and war. Mary used to visit Duxford when she was a child with her mother, when it was still an airfield in the 1950’s. This was around the time when they were filming the popular film ‘Battle of Britain’ at Duxford. Mary was over the moon to see her favourite plane, the ‘Sally B-17’ take off, with a volunteer at the museum getting her as close as (safely) possible to see it take off! Everyone enjoyed a cup of tea and lunch in the café before returning on the minibus to The Grange.

It was great to see Mary and the residents enjoy themselves and to give them a memorable trip out” explained Wellbeing Coordinator, Steffi Marsh. “The trip meant a lot to the residents as many of them had memories of World War II and the sacrifices so many made for our country. Mary said that it was so overwhelming and emotional to see the planes she loves so much up close and in action. We’re very thankful to the employees at IWM Duxford as they did everything they could to make it a great experience for our residents.”

The Grange Care Home is part of the Country Court Group, a family-owned and run business founded in 1983, with the company philosophy “Our family caring for yours”. Country Court has won numerous Great British Care Awards. In 2015 the company was awarded Health Investor Residential Care Provider of the Year and is in the carehome.co.uk Top 20 Large Care Home Groups 2021.

For more information about The Grange Care Home or to make an appointment to view the home please contact Priya Virdee, Senior Customer Relations Manager on 07834 790 397 or email priya.virdee@countrycourtcare.com.  

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