99-year-old Suffolk resident flies high

99 year old Olwyn Hopkins ahead of her glider flight. Picture: Stephen Waller 

A Suffolk care home team went above and beyond to grant the wish of 99-year-old resident, Olwyn Hopkins.

Ms Hopkins, of Davers Court care home, made the wish to sail the skies, so the team of her care home made it come true by organising a glider flight.

Born in Wales, Ms Hopkins spend much of her life in Portsmouth before relocating to London with her husband with her first experience of flying in a small aircraft happening when she was 17.

She didn’t enjoy the experience, but as she approaches her 100th birthday the 99-year-old decided it was time to experience a small aircraft once again.

Rattlesden Gliding Club helped Ms Hopkin’s dream come true when she took to the skies with experience polit Elizabeth Russel.

Ms Hopkins said: “It was a wonderful day and I was delighted to be able to get back into an aircraft.

“I didn’t think I’d get the chance again after all these years, so it was a fantastic surprise.

“It was a really memorable day – I can’t thank Liz, the pilot, Rattlesden Gliding Club and the team at Davers Court enough for organising this experience for me.”

Davers Court, owned by Care UK, actively encourages residents to submit wishes of memorable thing they would like to achieve.

Phillip Steyn, regional director of Care UK, said: “Olwyn’s desire to take to the skies is just one of a range of wishes that we have lined up to fulfil across our homes.

“We pride ourselves on really getting to know residents and helping them get the most out of life.

“People outside the home are often surprised at the adventurous things residents want to get up to but why not? Living in a care home is just another chapter in someone’s life.”

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