John is a huge tennis fan, and Wimbledon Week barely sees him leave his room. Back in December, John started talking about going to a real live tennis match. So, John’s key worker began researching matches in and around the Sussex area.
She found Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club which is a tennis complex in Eastbourne. The complex is the host of the annual ATP and WTA Tour tournament called the Nature Valley International which has some of the top players. She talked to John about this event and supported him to buy tickets, by making a call and booking them through the disabled hot line.
John couldn’t wait for the day to arrive! Unfortunately, his keyworker was on leave when the tournament was on, but that didn’t put a dampener on his day as she arranged for another member of staff to go with him. Together they planned the day remove commas and worked out how much money John should take as he wanted to buy some souvenirs and presents for his girlfriend.
John and Maddie, his support worker, set off early to travel to Eastbourne. They arrived in Eastbourne just in time for an early lunch, then located their seats and sat down to watch tennis on the Centre Court.
In John’s own words, ‘I had the best day!’
‘The only thing that would have made it better would have been, strawberries, scones and cream, but they ran out!’
So, when he came back the deputy manager organised a strawberry cream tea party, just to make up for his disappointment!