February 5, 2019 News

Foxburrow Grange resident gets visit from Southend United defender Ben Coker

A lifelong fan of Southend United was treated to a very special visit at his Colchester care home from club defender Ben Coker as a way of saying thank you for his 89 years of loyalty.

Arthur ‘Vic’ Vichers, 97, has been a fan of Southend United football club since he was eight years old when his father took him to see his first match at Roots Hall stadium against Colchester United. He is believed to be the club’s longest surviving supporter.

Based near the Army Garrison in Colchester, Essex, Foxburrow Grange provides residential, nursing and dementia services to 69 people with a range of care needs including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, general and specialist nursing, and end of life care.

Foxburrow Grange’s activity coordinator, Margaret Brodie contacted Southend United to see if they would come and visit Vic. She had noticed that Vic’s eyes would light up whenever he talked about the football team.

Defender Ben Coker jumped at the chance to take a trip down memory lane with Vic and they spent a good hour chatting about how Vic used to go to matches and watch the team train as a boy, reeling off names of players of yesteryear.

Margaret was delighted that Ben was able to visit Vic as part of Foxburrow Grange’s ‘Wish Come True’ campaign. Margaret spends time with residents, getting to know their wishes and then arranges activities and events to help them recall their most fond memories.

She said the conversation between the two men was wonderful. “I couldn’t believe how quickly Ben replied, it was almost the same day. He was absolutely lovely, listening to Vic talking about his memories. It made Vic’s day.”

Vic was over the moon to see Ben and they shared lots of laughs and jokes together. Vic was thankful to both Ben and Margaret: “Thank you for the memories and the interest you gave me, the one wish from me, dreams can come true, no matter age or health”.


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