As a part of Foxholes Care Dwelling’s new Want Upon a Star marketing campaign, 83-year-old horse racing fanatic Alfred Lewis was left speechless when his favorite jockey despatched him a personalised video message thanking him for his help over time.
Broadly considered one of many biggest flat racing jockeys of all time with 4,493 profession wins, together with 9 Epsom Derby victories, 85-year-old Lester was usually cheered on from the stands all through the Nineteen Sixties and 70s by Alf, a former British Military chef.
Throughout that point, Alf attended the Epsom Derby for over ten years the place he backed Lester in all the massive races, with the all-time nice most of the time paying out in first place.
The uplifting shock was a part of the family-run Hitchin house’s Want Upon a Star marketing campaign, which seeks to search out out who its residents’ idols are after which try to join them.
The brainchild behind the marketing campaign, Adele Querele, actions coordinator at Foxholes care Dwelling, mentioned: “It’s essential to verify our residents are stimulated mentally, bodily and socially – particularly this yr with the restrictions introduced on by the coronavirus pandemic. We at all times try to go that further mile to create particular moments for our residents and the Want Upon a Star venture has been an effective way to proceed placing these all-important smiles on our residents’ faces.
“Alf was delighted to obtain a personalised message from his racing idol Lester, and we’re all delighted to see how a lot it meant to him – he’s adopted Lester’s profession very intently and has had the fortune of having the ability to see him race within the flesh. Receiving the shock message made Alf’s day, and that’s what it’s all about.”
Talking of his boyhood dream of changing into a jockey, Alf mentioned: “My uncle had a farm in Essex the place I used to trip the horses, in all probability from the age of ten and even youthful. I fell in love with the game and at all times needed to change into a jockey like Lester – I used to be the proper measurement! I might have appreciated to have gone to Newmarket and educated as one.”
Alf was additionally shocked final April when the group at Foxholes recreated the thrills and spills of Aintree throughout the Digital Grand Nationwide, after the 2020 occasion was cancelled as a result of pandemic, which Alf was planning to attend for the primary time.