Carlton pensioner treated to ‘dream’ day at the races by kind-hearted care home staff

Kind-hearted staff at a care home in Carlton have treated one of their residents to a day at the races after he revealed a visit would be ‘a dream come true’.

88-year-old Bill Manchester, who has always been a fan of horse racing, was delighted to attend the opening day of Nottingham Races after staff at Willow Brook helped grant his wishes to attend.

Bill was given A-class treatment, as he enjoyed a pint of his favourite beer in the VIP lounge and placed a bet on one of the horses, Vasiliev.

DREAM VISIT: Bill Manchester is pictured with winning jockey Adam Kirby

After the races were finished, Bill was overwhelmed as he got the chance to meet Vasiliev jockey, Adam Kirby, who he placed his bet on.

Bill said: “I have had the best day, it was truly marvellous.”

Francesca Tuitt, Activities Coordinator at Willow Brook, said: “Bill had expressed his desire to once again go back to the races, so we were absolutely delighted that we could make his wish come true.

“It was amazing to see Bill so happy and relaxed. He hasn’t stopped talking about his day out since, so we would definitely love to take him back to the races again soon.”

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