Gladys “Never in a million years did I think when I woke up this morning would I be riding in a side car again, I didn’t think they did things like this in care homes, I am so happy”

Gladys 89 who currently resides at Windsor House care home in Standish Wigan had the surprise of her life on Saturday Morning as the home had organised for her to go on a journey in a sidecar attached to a motorbike just like she used to travel 65 years ago.

In the 1950’s Glady’s would travel all over the country in the sidecar of her husbands motorbike and told the staff at Windsor House care home great memories of her journeys and the feel of the wind as she travelled in such style.


Gladys and her Husband in the 1950s

Windsor House care home part of Millennium care UK have been working on a wish tree project throughout the Millennium group granting the wishes of residents.

Gladys’s wish was to travel in a side car again and relive the experience she had with her husband, Gladys did not think there was even the slightest chance this wish would be granted.

Activities Co-ordinator Collette smith reached out on social media to find someone with a motorbike and sidecar, Colette was amazed when Alan Bonny got in touch and was more than happy to bring one of his vintage bikes and sidecar’s along to Windsor House for Gladys to relive her dream.

Everyone at Windsor House gathered in the front garden on Saturday morning ready to surprise Gladys, residents had deck chairs and prosecco at the ready.

Gladys came out and saw the bike but didn’t think it was there for her, when she found out she jumped out of her chair with joy.

Gladys’s family were at the home waiting for their mum to relive her dream. 


Daughter Linda said “thank you so much everyone at Windsor House for organising this you are all amazing”

Son John said ” I think the last time I remember mum travelling in a side car was 1955, it’s things like this that make this place special, thanks so much”


Janet Gladys’s daughter said “It was an absolutely fantastic morning ; we can’t thank you enough for arranging this for our Mum. When I said I bet you’d like to ride in it and she said I wish I could , and I said well you can , she sprinted out of that chair quicker than me”


Kathryn Disley Manager at Windsor House said “ this is outstanding, making dreams like this come true is what we are all about at Windsor House”


Colette activity Coordinator said “ Alan and Jane who brought along the bike were so kind and helpful, they have made a very special lady very happy today, thank you so much”

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