Welcome to the second of our Memory Lane features, which will see Sanctuary Care residents relive their happy memories from days gone by.
With summer in full swing and the bank holiday approaching, our care home residents up and down the country have been reminiscing about their summer holidays over the years – from childhood into later life and holidays and trips taken with their own families, right up until their retirement.
Frances Davies, 87, a resident from Heathlands Residential Care Home in Pershore fondly remembers holidays taken with her late husband:
“After my husband and I retired we wanted to travel and explore as many places as possible – we went to Spain, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and many others and had wonderful experiences together. After he passed away, I didn’t want to end my travelling so took solo trips around Europe. My first solo trip was daunting but undeterred I planned a second to France, which I loved. I made a lot of friends on that trip and had the most enjoyable holiday.”
Janice Allington, 64, from Ravenhurst Residential Care Home in Stourport-on-Severn had the holiday of a lifetime in Australia in 1992: “I had saved up for two years to go and visit my son, who had emigrated to Australia previously. It was the best holiday of my life and worth all the saving – I didn’t want to come back! I had the most amazing time with my family, saw beautiful beaches and creatures such as kangaroos and koalas. It really was wonderful.”
Lilian Stinton, 100, a resident at Redhill Court Residential Care Home in Birmingham, fondly recalls family holidays with her husband and son to Paignton. “We loved visiting Paignton and Teignmouth, we’d stay in a hotel and it was a real treat. We did a lot of walking and paddling in the sea and I used to love building sandcastles with my son Allan – it was lovely.”
John Clarke, 70, from Heathlands has fond memories of his childhood trips to the British seaside: “I remember our family spending a lot of time on the beach. Mum and Dad would sit in their wooden deck chairs while I played in the sand. As I grew up and had a family of my own, we would visit places further afield such as Lanzarote and Tenerife, where I visited a bird sanctuary and had my picture taken with parrots.
“In later life I’ve loved trips to Weston-super-Mare – walking up and down the promenade with my friends, fish and chips in paper and ice creams on the beach.”
Next month: residents share their memories of schooldays