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105 year old Beeston care home resident has one birthday wish and is appealing for help

today4 July 2022

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A 105 year old care home resident has one birthday wish she is yet to fulfil. Elsie Knight wants to celebrate the milestone by taking a trip up into the clouds.

Elsie resides at MHA Queenswood care home in Beeston and wants to mark her birthday in style with a trip on a hot air balloon. Yet staff at the care home have been struggling to find someone to make her dream come true.

They have not found a company or organisation which is willing to take Elsie up into the sky. Despite this, the 105 year old had a birthday party with close friends and a visit from Mayor of Broxtowe, Councillor David Grindell and Deputy Mayoress, Pip Hallam-Davies.

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Home manager Samukliso Marozo said: “We almost had someone to do a tethered flight for Elsie in 2019 but sadly the pandemic intervened. When we were discussing the plans for her 105th birthday, Elsie mentioned she would still love to take a flight.

“Her doctor has declared her fit to go on a flight and we were so close to being able to book one recently. However they said they were concerned about the landing, which is why we believe a tethered flight might be better for her.

105 year old Elsie celebrated her birthday with a party and had a visit from the Mayor and Deputy Mayoress of Broxtowe
105 year old Elsie celebrated her birthday with a party and had a visit from the Mayor and Deputy Mayoress of Broxtowe

“If there is any company or individual which might be able to help us, we would love to hear from them.” Elsie said: “I really enjoyed my party and it was wonderful to celebrate it with the staff and residents at the home.

“I received another telegram from the Queen which was very special as I love the Queen. I can’t wait to go in a hot air balloon again, I did it a few years ago when I was with my friends in Bournemouth and absolutely loved it.

“I have been told it’s going to be difficult because of my age and the safety element, but I am confident there will be someone out there that will be able to help.”


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