Sutton Coldfield care home scores a surprise for 87-year-old Villa fan
7th May 2019
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A Sutton Coldfield care home has surprised an 87-year-old resident with a special trip to Villa Park, complete with a meet and greet with stars from Villa’s 1980s squad.

The team at Care UK’s Mercia Grange, on Lichfield Road, runs a Wishing Tree initiative to help make residents’ wishes come true. They decided to surprise resident – and lifelong Aston Villa FC fan – Gillian Wall with a special matchday experience, enjoying watching a recent fixture against Middlesbrough in a corporate box, to make her particular dream come true.

Gillian, who used to attend every AVFC game, proved something of a lucky charm for The Villa who won the home game 3-0.

Shirley Gibbs, home manager at Mercia Grange, said: “Residents are at the heart of everything we do here at Mercia Grange, and we always like to go the extra mile to grant their wishes. I am really pleased that we were able to make Gillian’s wish of enjoying a special day at Aston Villa a reality, not only enabling her to meet former players Tony Morley and Ken McNaught, but also witness a great result for her favourite team. On her return home, we treated Gillian and her fellow residents to post-match fish and chips which was also very well received!”

Mercia Grange is a state-of-the-art care home which provides full-time residential, nursing, dementia, and short-term respite care. The three-storey care home, which features 67 ensuite bedrooms, has been designed to enable residents to live active and fulfilled lives, while also promoting independence. The care home incorporates space for hobby and leisure activities, and includes its own cinema, hair salon and café.

For more information, email customer relations manager, Rachel MacKay, at, or call 0121 314 3196.

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