A magic moment for Cyril as he meets his football hero

Broadway Halls Care Home, Dudley-Resident Cyril and his son Paul take a trip down memory lane inside West Brom's stadium

"Evoking and making new memories for our residents is so special" 

Football loving Cyril, a resident at Broadway Halls Care Home, is a lifelong supporter of our local team West Bromwich Albion.

During the war Cyril played for the Royal Air Force football club and in more recent years worked as a steward at the Albion’s football grounds. Son Paul followed in his dad’s footsteps and has attended all the home games since he was just six years old. Paul was also a referee for many teams and very often this included West Bromwich Albion.

We decided to treat Cyril and Paul to a trip to the club as part of our Wishing Well programme knowing how many happy memories the pair have of their times on the terraces there together.

After visiting the stadium which brought so many memories flooding back, we had a big surprise in store for Cyril. We joined other guests at the club’s monthly dementia memory club where one of Cyril’s heroes, former West Brom. player Tony ‘Bomber’ Brown, was waiting to meet him!

Tony still holds the record for the most goals scored by any single player in West Bromwich Albion’s history; an incredible 279 goals between 1963 and 1980. His nickname Bomber came about because of the way he bombed forward so quickly to score from outside the box.

Cyril was thrilled to meet Tony and came away with a huge smile on his face and a signed photo - something he will cherish for the rest of his days.

Magic Moments Club Coordinator Julie said “Evoking and making new memories for our residents is such a special part of my job and to be able to create one for not only Cyril but his son too was so touching. A special memory they can share together, what a wonderful day. A massive thank you to West Bromwich Albion for helping us to create such a special Wishing Well for a much loved resident.”

brighterkind runs their Wishing Well programme in all of its 70 care homes. Residents are encouraged to make a wish to experience something new or revisit an activity or place they’ve enjoyed in the past and our Magic Moments Club Team arrange for it to happen. Our Magic Moments Clubs provide a vast range of vibrant, stimulating activities that help our residents to love every day. Just because someone moves into a care home doesn't mean that the things they love doing should suddenly stop – quite the contrary, we believe our residents should have the opportunity to do the things that they have always loved as well as trying new things along the way.

Broadway Halls Care Home is located in Dudley, West Midlands, and provides dementia carenursing carepalliative careresidential care and respite care.

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