Precious memory goes full circle for 94-year-old Hilda - The Stratford Observer

Precious memory goes full circle for 94-year-old Hilda

Stratford Editorial 7th Jan, 2022   0

A WISH to relive a childhood memory came true for an elderly care home resident in Stratford.

Hilda Kemp, a resident at Care UK’s Ambleside on Evesham Road, made a wish to go on a traditional carousel again on the home’s wishing tree.

And the 94-year-old was in luck when one came to town as part of the Christmas market.

The tree encourages residents to submit wishes, no matter how big or small, whether related to something they have never been able to do, or something they would like to do again.

Hilda was joined by her nieces as they headed to Stratford Christmas market to make her wish come true.

The carousel enthusiast was able to have a free ride on a Ginny horse, where she reminisced about her younger years, and especially those spent with her husband exploring markets and visiting fairgrounds together.

She said: “It was amazing to ride on the carousel horses, I never ever thought I would ride on them again in my lifetime. I can’t thank Ambleside enough for making my wish come true and to have my nieces with me was such a bonus.”

Home manager Julia Joy said: “We had a wonderful time at Stratford Christmas market, and Hilda loved every minute of it.

“She always speaks fondly of the years spent holidaying with her husband and enjoying carousel rides – it truly was a special thing for them, so being able to do it again after so many years was definitely emotional. Hilda’s face said it all – she had a big smile on her face throughout.

“We’re delighted we were able to make this happen for her, especially in the presence of her loved ones.”


We can provide all of your printing needs at competitive rates.

Online Editions

Catch up on your local news by reading our e-editions on the Stratford Observer.

Reader Travel

Check out all of the latest reader travel offers to get your hands on some free gifts.


Weddings, Birthdays, Bereavements, Thank you notices, Marriages and more.