Motorbike experience for 101-year-old Richmond resident

Mary Sutherst with the motorbike.

A Richmond care home has surprised a 101-year-old resident with a vintage motorbike visit.

The team at The Terrace, on Maison Dieu, runs a Wishing Tree initiative to help make residents’ wishes come true, so they decided to surprise 101-year-old resident, Mary Sutherst with a motorbike, just like one she used to ride one when she was younger.

The team worked with Mary’s family to find a similar motorbike to the one she rode in the Women’s Royal Air Force (WRAF) in her youth.

They managed to track down a vintage 1927 Triumph.

Mary was delighted to find the motorbike at the home and spent the day exploring the bike, honking the horn and pretending to ride.

She also spent hours recalling her time in the WRAF and talking about the different motorbikes she used to ride all over the country.

The Terrace’s home manager, Nicola Wilkins, said: “Residents are at the heart of everything we do here at The Terrace, and we always like to go the extra mile to grant their wishes.

“I am really pleased that we were able to make Mary’s dream a reality.

“Mary had a wonderful day, and you could see from her reaction just how amazed and fascinated she was to experience a vintage 1927 motorbike again. It was fantastic to see how engaged she was and to hear the wonderful biking stories from her younger years.

“I’d like to say a massive thank you to Mary’s family for helping us grant the wish. We’re looking forward to making another wish come true soon.”

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  1. Very cool,love stories like this.Ive interviewd many elderly residents and captured their stories,nice story.

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