At 99 years young, Jean Wood, a resident in Cornwallis Court Care Home in Bury St Edmunds, was talking about what she had and hadn’t done during her long life and innocently mentioned that she had never had the opportunity to ride on the back of a motorcycle
Samantha Wiseman, the events coordinator at the Home which is funded by Freemasons, mentioned it to Roger Florey of Phoenix Lodge No. 516 in Stowmarket, Suffolk, who immediately set out to see if it was possible to make this dream come true.
The key question, would Jean be up for the experience? Being a particularly lively lady and very spritely for her age, the answer was a very definite ‘yes, but please don’t tell my family’.
All was suitably arranged for 6th April 2019 which coincided with the monthly Cornwallis Court coffee morning. After the usual coffee, cake and the regular raffle, Jean made her way to the front car park to be suitably attired with a biker’s leather waistcoat and therefore became a member of the Fenlanders Harley Davidson Chapter for the day.
With her helmet on and a short ride down the road, Suffolk Freemasons were able to bring a long-held aspiration to fruition for Jean.