Local Care Home Resident On Cloud Nine After Debut Flight

29th July 2011

A Braintree care home resident has been living the high life, by taking to the skies above the Essex landscape.

It was a case of up, up and away as 82-year-old Bradbury House resident Jim Hickman slipped into the pilot seat of a dual control plane despite having never stepped foot in one before.

Bradbury House provides specialist residential care for up to 21 elderly people living with a form of dementia and is run the by family-owned Caring Homes Group. Mother and son team Helena and Paul Jeffery established The Group in 1994 and it has grown to be a leading care provider in the UK.

Jim was accompanied on his aviation adventure by his best friend and fellow Bradbury House resident Bill Allan and Bradbury House manager Nikki Leaney.

The intrepid threesome took off from Andrewsfield Aerodome in Rayne flying over Braintree, Witham and Chelmsford. They even took in a bird’s eye view of Bradbury House as they soared overhead.

During the flight control of the plane was handed over to Jim fulfilling his lifelong dream.

Jim Hickman said:

“It was the best experience I’ve ever had and it made my year. It was the first time I’d been in a plane and it was incredible. I’d really love to do it again.”

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