Wish granted to lifelong car-lovers at a Leamington care home - The Leamington Observer
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11th Aug, 2022

Wish granted to lifelong car-lovers at a Leamington care home

LIFELONG car-fanatics at a Leamington care home had their wish come true when they visited Coventry Transport Museum recently.

Michael Walton, 90, Richard Kimpton, 85, and Stephen Izon, 88, residents at Care UK’s Priors House, on Old Milverton Lane, all owned Jaguars and other classic cars throughout their lives. Attending lots of car shows and races over the years, they wished to visit a car museum to see some impressive vehicles once again.

Upon hearing about their hobby, the team at Priors House decided to get in touch with the Coventry Transport Museum and got busy organising a special trip for the trio.

As part of the wishing tree initiative, the team at Priors House encourage residents to submit wishes, no matter how big or small. Priors House has also granted other wishes in the past couple of months, including taking shopaholic residents Joan Wellings and Sheila Rench out for a much-needed day of retail therapy at Leamington Shires Retail Park, as well as organising a day out to Jephson Gardens for residents to enjoy the outdoors.

On the day, the home arranged for the three motor-mad residents to visit the transport museum to admire the collection of classic cars on display. Mr Walton, Mr Kimpton and Mr Izon all relished their time at the museum, spending a happy couple of hours challenging one another to share facts about their favourite car models and recalling fond memories of when they used to drive some of the historic vehicles.

Mr Walton said: “I really enjoyed my time at the Coventry Transport Museum – I saw many cars which I used to own and drive, so it brought back a lot of fond memories for me. The best part of the day was being able to see all the vintage cars.”

While Francine Summers, Home Manager at Priors House, said: “We had a wonderful time at the Coventry Transport Museum, and Michael, Richard and Stephen loved every minute of it.

“Michael, Richard and Stephen have always shared a deep passion for motor vehicles, expressing their love ever since they stepped foot in Priors House. With extensive experience in owning and driving vintage car models – it’s fair to say the three gentlemen would put our car knowledge to shame.

“The whole team worked hard to organise the trip and we’re delighted we were able to make this happen for them – the joy in their eyes when they saw their favourite car models said it all.”

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