Caroline had the most Fantastic Wish day at the end of July. For this wish we would like to say a special thanks to John at www.limo-hire-sussex-kent.co.uk for the Brilliant transportation throughout the wish. A Huge thank you to all of the Cast & Producer David of mamma-mia.com in London for everyone’s kindness in meeting Caroline & her loved ones during the interval and then finally a big thank you to the Staff at www.onealdwych.com for Fabulous afternoon tea.
One of Caroline’s relatives wrote this personal Wish story & we’re thrilled she’s let us share it with all of you xx
“Just before Easter, Caroline was just coming up to her 50th Birthday! She spotted a mole under her left breast. The doctors were slow to act, but said they would keep an eye on it and probably remove it in due course.
She loved parties, but her 50th was something special because Dennis, her husband surprised her by renewing their wedding vows at the party. When a vicar walked in, she thought he was simply a stripper-gram Dennis had arranged………. But, it turned out that he was the vicar who had married them 24 years before. She was ecstatic!
Shortly after, she went back to the doctors, because the mole was getting much worse. They went to operate, but then said it had grown too big! She was sent home. More tests. After a couple of weeks it was removed, but scans taken a few days later revealed the thing everybody dreaded, she had cancer and it had taken really serious hold and was terminal.
She knew deep down what it meant but she took it very well. She set about drawing up a bucket list and the family set to work. Rides on a Harley Davidson across the South Downs and Beachy Head , shearing a sheep, a spa day, driving a tractor. But the one thing she really wanted was to go to the theatre to see a show. Where do you start with that one? It was seriously short notice.
There are loads of bucket wish organisations for young children, but for an adult, no way. By chance her Auntie Eileen found the one that is for adults, Bucket List Wishes UK. She contacted Gini and her team and within days they had organised a stretch limo to take her and her family from their home on the south coast, to London.
Wonderful treats were in store that day…. Afternoon tea at One Aldwych, based on the theme of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. Everybody who worked there were brilliant. They looked after her really well, and she loved it. It was fun and Caroline always enjoyed having fun. Then it was across the road to the Novello Theatre to see “Mamma-Mia”. The staff at the theatre were ready and waiting, and took her in hand. They were so well organised. Wonderful seats, a goody bag with a programme signed by all the cast. The highlight was during the interval, when she was carried up on stage to meet everybody. They were so kind. They couldn’t believe she had never seen a show, and were so pleased that she had chosen their show. Caroline had got to 50 and never seen a show… any show… any where! That was why it was so special.
Two weeks and one day later, Caroline died. It was the final chapter in a special life. She leaves a husband Dennis, and three children, Danny, Amy and ten year old Rosey. All her family are so grateful to Bucket List Wishes UK for providing the crowning glory.
At the funeral there were several floral tributes, but the large silver star sent by Bucket List Wishes UK, stood out.
A happy daughter, then a wife, a loving mum, to the end of her life.
Thank you Gini and your team. You set out to make a lady’s day, and you exceeded everybody’s expectations.”