Derek’s train trip brings back memories

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You are never too old to play with trains!

Residents from Dukeminster Care Home in Dunstable joined other residents from Quantum Care homes for a day out at the Epping Ongar Railway last week.

The residents and their guests came together for the event, arriving at North Weald Station where they started the morning with a cuppa at the station café. They then boarded the Metropolitan 1 Steam Train for a trip through the beautiful Essex countryside.

The party then disembarked and boarded a vintage bus headed for Epping where they had lunch out at a local Turkish restaurant. The day ended with one last trip on the bus before heading back to their care homes.

Resident Derek Hardy, 89 from Dukeminster, was absolutely thrilled with his day out. He said: “I grew up near to the railway and it has brought back many memories. I have had such a marvellous day today”.

The event was part of Quantum Care’s innovative Silver Wishes project in which staff committed themselves to granting one wish, no matter how big or small, to each of their 1,600 residents.

The initiative, which was originally launched as part of Quantum Care’s 25th Anniversary celebrations has now been announced as a finalist in the National Dementia Awards.

Debbie Gilard, Head of Corporate Services for Quantum Care said ‘We had the most amazing day at the Epping Ongar Railway. The volunteers that work there went out of their way to ensure that we had the best day possible.

“Derek and the other residents were so pleased to have had their dream come true. Granting Silver Wishes like this creates positive and lasting memories for our residents.”