Residents at Meadowside care home in North Finchley, had their wishes fulfilled by taking to the skies for an exhilarating flight.
David Moulding (80), Sadie Hearn (98), Joyce Clarke (68), Doreen Slader (96) and Ethel Sheppard (93) were able to fulfil their long-held dream during a visit to registered charity, Aerobility, based at Blackbushe Airport, Camberley. The organisation, which is largely run by disabled aviators, enables people with a disability to experience flying and provided an exclusive opportunity for the residents.
It really was a dream come true for David, who is unable to hear so communicates by lip reading and sign language. He even took the helm to fly the plane with support from the experienced team.
For Doreen, it was a chance to reminisce and revisit a time when she used to fly around Devon and Cornwall on small planes with her son.
Joyce and Sadie were also passengers on the flight, while Ethel tried out the simulator and, along with her companions, received a certificate at the end of the day.
Harinder Kalsy, leisure and lifestyle organiser at Meadowside, said:
It took some planning but it was so worthwhile to see how thrilled everyone was to experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Our Aerobility pilot, Stuart, was really helpful and made sure everyone was put at ease.
David has always expressed a wish to fly in a small plane so it was a real privilege to make that happen. It was clearly a special day as he couldn’t stop smiling!