A 99-year-old resident from Davers Court care home in Bury St Edmunds took to the skies to inspire others and tick a wish off her bucket list.
Olwyn Hopkins, a resident at Care UK’s Davers Court, on Shakers Lane, was surprised by the team at the care home with the opportunity to overcome a fear she has had for more than 80 years.
Born in Wales, Olwyn spent much of her life in Portsmouth before moving to London with her husband David. Olwyn’s first experience of flying in a small aircraft was 81 years ago, when she was just 19 years old. She didn’t enjoy the experience and hasn’t been on a similar plane since.
Olwyn’s last journey in a small plane was from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight, more than eight decades ago.
Now, with her 100th birthday just eight months away, she hoped to take to the skies once more and the team at Davers Court gladly made it happen.
With the help of Rattlesden Gliding Club, Olwyn travelled to the airfield for her chance to take to the skies once more. Leaving from Felsham, the 99-year-old was able to take in the views of the world beneath.
Wendy Harvey, home manager at Davers Court, said: “Here at Davers Court it is important for us to really know our residents and understand their wants and needs – whether it’s putting on a new weekly workshop at the request of a resident, or organising something more adventurous for them to do.
“When Olwyn submitted her wish to our ‘wishing well’, we were thrilled to be able to make her request happen and help her tick a real ‘must do’ off her bucket list. Olwyn had a brilliant time and it was great to see her overcome a fear she’s had for so many years – she’s not stopped smiling since.”
Olwyn added: “I wanted to show people that you can do anything you want to, no matter how old you are – age has no boundaries. It was a wonderful day and I was delighted to be able to get back into an aircraft. I didn’t think I’d get the chance again after all these years, so it was a fantastic surprise. It was a really memorable day – I can’t thank Rattlesden Gliding Club and the team at Davers Court enough for organising this experience for me.”
Pictured above is 99-Year-Old Olwyn Hopkins with Davers Court lifestyle co-ordinater Katie Ramsbotham with Pilot Liz Russell, ahead of her glider flight.