Nigel’s flying high!

NigelDayPlaneNigel Day lives at Tyne House and is fascinated by planes.

Nigel’s Support Worker, Carl Fullen, wrote to several airlines explaining Nigel’s interest and was over the moon when the airlines donated model airplanes and poster to Nigel.

Having models and posters wasn’t enough for Nigel, though. He really wanted to go on a plane. So, on March 14th, Carl took Nigel to Dublin with Residential Manager Sylvia McKenzie.

Nigel wasn’t interested in the destination – just the two airplane journeys! They left Newcastle at 11:20am and were back by 6:30pm – they just had enough time to have lunch – a flying visit it definitely was!!

When they sat down for lunch, Nigel decided he didn’t like his meal but did like the look of Carl’s and ate the lot! He then decided he’d like to eat his too. Given the time it took to support Nigel with two lunches, Carl didn’t have time for a meal and settled for a sandwich at the airport, which delighted Nigel to know he’d nicked Carl’s meal!

On the way back Nigel got to fly in a tiny ATR42, but the wheelchair assistance at Newcastle Airport for this type of aircraft meant exiting the plane via the loading door in an aisle chair!

A huge thanks to staff from Ryanair and Air Lingus for making Nigel’s journey an enjoyable one – these airlines were chosen based on Nigel’s colour preference.

A special mention should go to Carl and Sylvia, who went above and beyond to fulfil Nigel’s wishes. This is a great example of the Foundation’s values of putting service users at the heart of everything we do being put into practice.