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A Local Richmond Care Home Has Surprised A 101-Year-Old Resident With A Vintage Motorbike Visit.
Tuesday - December 18, 2018
The team at The Terrace, on Maison Dieu, runs a Wishing Tree initiative to help make residents' wishes come true, so they decided to surprise 101-year-old resident, Mary Sutherst with a motorbike, just like one she used to ride one when she was younger.

The team worked with Mary's family to find a similar motorbike to the one she rode in the Women's Royal Air Force (WRAF) in her youth. They managed to track down a vintage 1927 Triumph to make her dream come true.
Mary was delighted to find the motorbike at the home and spent the day exploring the bike, honking the horn and pretending to ride. She also spent hours recalling her time in the WRAF and talking about the different motorbikes she used to ride all over the country.
The Terrace's home manager, Nicola Wilkins, said: “Residents are at the heart of everything we do here at The Terrace, and we always like to go the extra mile to grant their wishes. I am really pleased that we were able to make Mary's dream a reality.

“Mary had a wonderful day, and you could see from her reaction just how amazed and fascinated she was to experience a vintage 1927 motorbike again. It was fantastic to see how engaged she was and to hear the wonderful biking stories from her younger years.

“I'd like to say a massive thank you to Mary's family for helping us grant the wish. We’re looking forward to making another wish come true soon!”
The Terrace has been designed to deliver the very best standards of care and to enable residents to live active and fulfilled lives. The home provides full-time residential, nursing and dementia care, as well as short-term respite care.
For more information on The Terrace, please call home manager, Nicola Wilkins, on 0333 4343 078 or email
For more general information, please visit

Photo - Ticket to ride: Centenarian, Mary Sutherst relives youth on a vintage motorbike
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