A Sanctuary Care resident in Stepney has had his life-long dream to ride in a Porsche granted thanks to a wishing project.
Ron Ballard, a resident at Hawthorn Green Residential and Nursing Home in Redmans Road, cruised in style around Stepney when his dream car revved up to the home from the local Porsche dealership.
“I wish I could ride in a Porsche”
The 82-year-old made a wish to “…ride a Porsche” on a wishing tree as part of the ‘Make a Wish’ project. The project sees residents place wishes and the Sanctuary Care team do all they can to grant them.
Driving by with one of their finest models, the Porsche dealership team in Woolwich Manor Way took Ron for a spin.
Love of fast cars and extreme sports
Ron, who was born in London’s Guy’s Hospital, said: “I’ve always wanted to ride in a Porsche but I didn’t think it would actually happen.”
The Porsche enthusiast, who worked in publishing at Eyre & Spottiswood Publishers and the Daily Mirror in his younger years, has always had a love of fast cars.
He continued: “I got myself a licence when I was younger but have never drove; I always cycled and just admired all the cars, especially the fast ones – I used to enjoy extreme sports so I liked the look of the faster cars.
“.. he loved every second…”
After riding in a Porsche, Ron added: “I loved it – I really enjoyed the ride.”
Amma Nkrumah, Sanctuary Care’s activities leader, said: “Ron’s reaction exceeded all our expectations – he loved every second of it! As soon as he stepped out the car he was so happy and sung us a song to say thank you – there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
“Thank you Porsche Centre East London for helping to make this special moment a reality.”
Louise Holt from Porsche Centre East London concluded: “It was a pleasure to help Sanctuary Care making Ron’s wish come true of driving in a Porsche. Ron is a wonderful man and enjoyed the drive, whilst singing some old songs. We were honoured to be able to help in this project.”
Make a Wish project
The home’s ‘Make a Wish’ project is open to all residents at the home which offers nursing care and dementia care, with the aim for each resident to choose a wish of their choice and the team will do all that they can to make it come true.
Amma continued: “Like everyone else, our residents still have wishes and dreams so we wanted a project that will help support them to fulfil as many of their wishes as possible – it really is a heart-warming project which not only makes their wishes come true but provides person centred activities.”