Wishing Well celebration at a Ross-on-Wye care home

By Jo Scrivin in Local People

Although it has taken a huge amount of time and effort to make all the wishes made by residents at Ross Court come true, Amanda Denny and Janet Auty, and the rest of the team at Ross Court knew it was worthwhile on Saturday. The beam on Brian Jeal’s face as three classic cars roared into the car park at the residential home in Ross-on-Wye said it all.

On Saturday, March 11th a wonderful tea party was held at Ross Court to round off a year of making dreams come true for the residents of Ross Court. MP Jesse Norman, the Mayor of Ross-on-Wye, David Ravenscroft and Joyce Thomas, on behalf of Lady Darnley, were among the invited guests.

There were also lots of representatives of local organisations such as the Ross Tennis Centre, Riding for the Disabled, the Ross Action Bus, Ross Community Garden, John Kyrle High School, The Royal British Legion and many churches, clubs and societies who have been involved in the Wishing Well scheme.

Over the past year residents at Ross Court have been encouraged to write something they would like to do and place it in a wishing well in the entrance. Amanda explained that some of these have been for small things which have been quite easy to accomplish. These have involved participation from local organisations such as the Cats Protection League who visited Ross Court to allow the residents to stroke their pets. This was something which several residents said they missed.

Chris Friend, from Ross Tennis Centre, organised a game of wheelchair tennis for Mrs Reynolds and on Saturday he presented her with a signed picture from Tim Murray, who is her hero. There was also a message of support from choirmaster Gareth Malone to the Ross Court fledgling choir.

Mrs Auty thanked everyone who had helped her staff enrich the lives of their residents. Then, before she invited everyone to share tea, three beautiful cars, driven by members of Ross Motor Sports Club drove up to Ross Court.

Mrs Auty explained that Brian Jeal trained as an engineer in Cornwall before heading to India for several years. As an engineer he always loved motor cars and was delighted when he was able to purchase a MGTC. In his room at Ross Court stands a treasured picture of his wife in her nurse’s uniform next to the car.

Mr Jeal often talks about his car and the model built prior to his own, the TA and the one which came often it, the TD. On Saturday, thanks to Vic Lockley and the Ross Motor Sports Club, an MGTA, an MGTC and a MGTD arrived at Ross Court.

Jenny Murray and W. John Norman had been asked by Vic Lockley to help with the surprise and Mr Jeal was delighted to sit in the car and was even taken for a short ride, bringing back many happy memories.

See more photographs of this event in this week’s edition of the Ross Gazette. Photographs taken by our editor, Jo Scrivin, are available to purchase on this website - click on the ’Buy Photos’ option on our homepage.

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