The Wish Appeal Celebrates 1st Birthday

The Wish Appeal, a fundraising initiative set up by The Abbeyfield Kent Society, celebrated its first birthday by taking a look back at the lifelong memories it made for residents during its first year of operation.

Arvid at the cinema with Carolyn
Arvid at the cinema with Carolyn
Joseph with his medal
Joseph with his medal

In just 12 months, The Wish Appeal has raised over £15,000, an incredible amount that has made a huge difference to the lives of residents living in the Society’s care.

Created to grant final wishes for residents living in the Society’s homes, the appeal has found that as we grow older, it is often the simple things in life we desire, such as a meal with our family or an evening at the theatre. 

In just a year, thanks to the support of fundraisers and donors, The Wish Appeal has made a number of these wishes come true for our residents, including a nostalgic day at Hastings for residents who remember holidaying there when they were small and a trip to an art gallery for a former art teacher.

Most recently, resident, Doreen Hardy enjoyed a night out at the opera. Speaking of her wish being granted, her son, Chris Hardy said: “We feel blessed that mum has had her wish granted as the opera is one of her great loves. We are so impressed with the personalised care she receives and that staff can help her to continue to enjoy the things she is passionate about.” 

Leon Steer, Chief Executive of the Society said: “As we are a charity, the success of The Wish Appeal relies solely on donations. We are overwhelmed and tremendously grateful for all the support we’ve received in the past year, from those who donated prizes and money to those who fundraised through events and challenges, we could not have had such a successful first year without them.

“We are looking forward to another year of success and making many more wishes come true for our residents.”

Posted : 11/05/2015

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