This year Stocks Hall, St Helen’s Care Home set themselves a goal of making dreams come true for the people living there.
Car fanatic, Paul Shepherd, 43, who has lived at Stocks Hall, Dentons Green, St Helens for nearly 2 years has had a love for supercars from a young age. It has been a dream of his to experience a ride in a supercar, a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Accompanied by his mum Jane, sister Katie and two members of Stocks Hall St Helens Care Home Laura and Lucy, Paul travelled from St Helens to Wigan’s Three Sisters Race Track to begin his supercar experience day.
Speaking on behalf of Stocks Hall, Activities Staff Lucy Peters said “The sound of the engines and the speed of the cars as we approached the track certainly got the excitement building for Paul.”
“Everyone who lives at Stocks Hall are encouraged to keep active and get the most out of each day, as it helps to improve self-confidence and maintain independence for longer. Paul’s experience today is testament to that.”
Before Paul’s experience began, he got the opportunity to look at the other supercars on site, such as Audi’s, Aston Martin’s and Lamborghini’s to name a few.
Paul’s sister, Katie commented “Paul has always had a love of cars, we would be out and about driving and he would point out cars that he loves. He is really into his supercars and knows everything about them. This is a dream come true for him, we are so pleased for him!”
The car Paul chose was a Ferrari 430, a deeply impressive supercar. It was the first supercar from Ferrari to really make use of the technology developed by their F1 team. Paul’s driver, John Simpson from Three Sisters Racetrack quickly made Paul feel at ease and ensured he was ready for the time of his life.
Reaching speeds of up to 90 mph, Paul enjoyed a thrill seeking high-speed passenger ride of 7 laps around the racetrack.
There were no shortages of smiles, laughs and adrenaline.
On his return Paul said “This is one drive I will never forget, absolutely brilliant. When can I do it again?!”
Activities Staff Lucy commented: “It was wonderful to help Paul achieve his dream. He held such joy in his face as he took the seat in the Ferrari. I’m so glad that at Stocks Hall we can create these special memories for all the family to enjoy.
Julie Gaskell, Manager encourages everyone living at Stocks Hall St Helens Care Home to make wishes regularly and let staff know about things they would like to do. Sometimes these can be little things, such as enjoying an ice cream beside the river, or sometimes they make wishes that require some additional assistance. Julie said “Nothing makes the team more happy than making dreams come true. These dreams don’t all cost a lot of money to make happen but regardless of cost, they go a long way to bringing happiness to each individual and their family.”