Residents Dreams

Cheshire-Dreams-LogoThank you to all that have supported our Cheshire Dreams campaign throughout 2016. With your help we have been able to give many of our residents access to experiences that before now they have only ever dreamed of.

The individuals we care for all suffer with severe physical disabilities that dramatically reduce and even bring to an end their ability to get out and enjoy life, so this year we made it a priority to do all we could to make their dreams come true, no matter how big or small those dreams might have been!

 

These dreams didn’t all cost a lot of money to make happen but regardless of cost, they went a long way to bringing happiness to each individual.

Below you can see some of the dreams we managed to make come true – yet there are more that we still intend to realise in the year ahead, as thanks to your donations we now have funds in place to make them a reality!

 

Dreams

Nick Picot

Time at JCH:4 months

Condition:
Sadly, at short notice it became apparent that Nick would no longer able to take part in his dream skydive for health reasons.
Nick, who is wheelchair bound has suffered with MS for the last 5 years and though he is a relatively recent full time resident at JCH, he has been coming here for regular Day Care and Aquatherapy for the last 3 years, so is almost part of the furniture!

Dream:
Before Nick’s illness he was an extremely active individual and has always wanted to skydive, so learning that he could no longer take part was a terrible blow. It was decided that Nick’s daughter Sophie would take his place for the dive, as she felt that enabling him to experience the dive through her would bring him some comfort. Sophie raised a fantastic sum of money for the Dreams Fund in the lead up to the dive and Nick was there to enjoy her moment. Shortly after this Nick got to enjoy a trip up in a plane thanks to Helping Hands which he thoroughly enjoyed!

Cost: £ FULFILLED

Jacqui Tyler

Time at JCH:16 Years

Condition:
Jackie has suffered with progressive Multiple Sclerosis for the last 25 years, in addition to which she has a history of T.I.A (mini strokes). She regularly enjoys day trips out and receives Aquatherapy as a form of relaxation and to aid her mobility.

Dream:
Jackie’s dream was to ride on the back of a motorbike along the 5 mile road with the wind in her hair.
Local biker Tony Maindonald recently came forward, happy to drive Jacqui in the side car of his classic Royal Enfield Bullet Electra! Jacqui had a tremendous time and didn't stop grinning from start to finish. The kind efforts of Tony meant there were no costs involved in making her dream come true, though donations to our campaign are of course welcome.

Cost: £ FULFILLED

Paul Noke

Time at JCH:1 year

Condition:
Paul has been a resident at JCH for the last 16 months, after suffering a stroke in 2014 which left him wheelchair bound and in need of long term care.
Since coming to live at JCH Paul has made remarkable progress owing to the Physiotherapy & Aquatherapy sessions he regularly receives at the Home, as a result he is now able to walk a short distance with the assistance of a frame and the physiotherapy staff.

Dream:
Paul has always been a huge fan of The Who, having seen them play live at least 6 times in his younger years and has fond memories of seeing them perform across the UK.
Whilst we couldn’t quite realise Paul’s dream of seeing The Who play live once more, we did arrange the next best thing… Last month, for one night only The Who tribute band ‘Sensation’ came to perform at The Opera House – not only did we arrange tickets for Paul and his family to go and see them play, but before the show the band took Paul backstage to watch them jam and even let him and his daughter Rebecca have a strum on their guitars!

Cost: £ FULFILLED

Peter Riley

Time at JCH:7 Years

Condition:
Twelve years ago following an accident Peter suffered a double brain haemorrhage followed by multiple strokes. Doctors expected that if he ever woke up he would be severely brain damaged and that he would certainly never walk again, but in true Peter style he defied all the odds.

Dream:
Peter is an avid Man U fan and before his accident used to watch them play live whenever he could. We wanted to make his dream come true by giving him the opportunity to see them play once again, so we sent him to the UK with his daughter to watch Man U play at home in the FA Cup ¼ finals.

Cost: £ FULFILLED

Valerie Baudet

Time at JCH:20 Years

Condition:
Val sadly passed away recently, having suffered with Multiple Sclerosis for many years. Her condition was so severe that that she was unable to do anything for herself, making her quality of life extremely limited.

Dream:
Val was a huge fan of dance, with a particular love for ballet which she used to perform before her illness. It was a joy to be able to make Val's dream come true before she passed away, by arranging a professional dance recital especially for her, kindly performed by the dancers of Silhouette Studios.
After the show one of the staff commented “It was just wonderful to see the enjoyment on Val’s face, I don’t remember the last time I saw her smile so much and I’m thrilled we could make it possible!”

Cost: £ FULFILLED

Bernadette Young

Time at JCH:4 Years

Condition:
In 2010 Bernie suffered a stroke whilst out walking. She is wheelchair bound due to a severe weakening on the right side of her body.

Dream:
Bernie has been dreaming for a long while about going for a romantic meal with Senior staff Nurse Nabel - who is married, so he’ll need to ensure the date doesn’t get out of hand!
We want to make it perfect, so to get her ready for her big night out we’ll be taking her shopping for a new dress and then to the salon to get her hair and nails done. For the main event where else would we send them than to The Atlantic for a beautiful sunset meal (chauffeur driven of course)!

Cost: £250