Sylvia has her wish to meet Sir Tom Jones GRANTED!

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When the care homes ask, we deliver, whatever the wish!

Sylvia & Sir Tom
Sir Tom meets his biggest FaN, Sylvia!

WOW!! THIS REALLY HAPPENED! We’re still pinching ourselves that Tom Jones took time out of his schedule, an hour before performing to thousands and thousands of people, to grant the wish of 96 year old Sylvia from Crouched Friars Residential Home, who’s wish on the #essexfanswishingwashingline was to meet her lifelong idol! This just DOES NOT happen, so for us to be granted exclusive access is absolutely incredible! Sylvia, Lyn, Yvonne and Tony were given VIP treatment, buggies around site, access to the VIP area and accessible viewing all courtesy of Giles Cooper and their amazing team! Sylvia had the best night ever and made memories to last a lifetime!

Huge thanks go to Katie Patricia Jean Donnelly for setting the plan in motion, to Paddy Milner from Jawbone who is also Sir Tom’s keyboard player, Tom Cleary for the introduction, Jacqui Cooper, Abigail Potter and the whole GCE Events team for treating us with such love and care, from Rob who helped us with the parking, the GCE access team and VIP steward Paul, who, despite the rain, laid his coat over Sylvia’s lap for the whole evening!!

We made some new friends that’s for sure, and even the drizzle couldn’t dampen our fabulous day!

The Wishing Washing Line was designed to create these unique and wonderful opportunities for older people in residential care to live their dreams, so when people tell us it’s impossible, it just spurs us on even more! The sky is the limit….

Take a look at the photos below to truly understand what it meant to Sylvia and her team!

Oh I had such an amazing day and evening! Meeting my hero was the best thing ever, and I have memories to last another lifetime!

Sylvia Hallet, Resident and wish recipient.

She had an absolutely wonderful time! We all did! We danced and sang all night and we're all still pinching ourselves that it all happened, that we all got to meet Sir Tom just an hour before he was on stage belting out his classics!

Yvonne Smith, Activities Coordinator

Thanks to our funders.

None of the work we do across Mid and North Essex would be possible without the support of our funding partners, who's commitment to our shared vision is invaluable. Huge thanks to NHS Suffolk & North Essex Integrated Care Board for your continued support that allows us to grant so many wonderful wishes and positively affect the lives of older people living in care homes.