The Edensor Care Centre in Clacton on Sea asks residents to request something special on a ‘Wish Tree’

Staff at the charity run care centre in Essex asked their residents to hang a handwritten note with something that they would really love to receive on a ‘Wish Tree’. Much to the residents absolute delight, the first wish has been granted – a kitten who will live at Edensor.

72 year old Diane Groom’s wish was: “I would love to have a cat to love and care for”. She was over the moon when hers was the first wish to be granted and tiny tabby kitten Dave arrived to live permanently at the Care Centre.

Dianne and her granted wish, Dave the Kitten
Diane and kitten Dave

Lindsey Milliken, Deputy Manager, Edensor Care Centre, said, “When I suggested that we create a ‘Wish Tree’ I had no idea quite the impact it would have. Our new kitten Dave has made a huge difference to the atmosphere in the Care Centre and seeing the residents faces light up when he is about is magical, and he is bringing immense joy and happiness to residents and staff. And we are absolutely delighted that Clacton Pet Store has donated some toys and food for our new housemate.

Granting wishes

Other wishes on the tree include: going to see West Ham play and tour the stadium, to have a round of golf, and to go ten pin bowling. One resident simply wanted to walk in the rain.

Wish on the wish tree
Len’s wish on the wish tree

Staff also added a wish to the tree inspired by former resident, 34 year old Simon Keyes, who was receiving end-of-life care. Lindsey Milliken said: “On the day before he died, I was taking him along the sea front, when he told me that he would love to go on the beach to feel the sand and be taken to the water’s edge to put his feet in the sea. Not being able to do this for him was heart breaking and I knew that we needed to fundraise for a couple of beach wheelchairs to ensure that in future we would be able to take our residents on to the sand.”

The Charity run Care Centre hopes to make all the wishes happen by the end of the year; and is hopeful that the local community will step in to help them achieve this. If you would like to donate towards Edensor’s wish for two beach wheelchairs, please visit their JustGiving page 


Charity Diagrama run the Edensor Care Centre. find out more about them here. If you could help to make a wish come true, please call the Edensor team on 01255 423317