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Margaret's wish comes true

14 January 2020

Kevin, Bev, carer Sasha and Margaret

A kind-hearted budgerigar enthusiast has helped to make a wish come true for one of our St Catherine's nursing home residents.

When 89-year-old Margaret asked for a budgie like the one she used to own, staff immediately got to work to see what they could do.

Although strict hygiene requirements meant a bird would be unable to stay, staff were sure a visiting budgie would still make her happy.

After a brief internet search, contact was made with secretary and treasurer of the Northern Budgerigar Society, Kevin Batey, who happily agreed to come along with not one, but four of his prized budgerigars.

“It's been fantastic to see Margaret with the budgies,” said the home's duty manager, Bev. “Once she'd made her wish known, we were determined to do our best to make it come true. I'd like to say a massive thank you to Kevin for giving up his time to bring along his beautiful birds. Margaret couldn't take her eyes off them and the visit clearly made her day.”

"It was a pleasure to help out," said Kevin, "and any time she'd like another visit, just get in touch."

Margaret had made her wish known by completing a ‘make my wish come true' request card, which every resident has in their room.

"Our room cards make it so easy to make a wish," added Bev, "and we're ready with our determination and imagination, whatever our residents wish for."

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