Stepney care home makes pensioner’s Porsche wish come true

Ron Ballard gives a wave after his spin in a Porsche.

Ron Ballard gives a wave after his spin in a Porsche. - Credit: Archant

An elderly man’s wish came true when he was given the opportunity to take a spin in a Porsche.

82-year-old Ron Ballard, a resident at Hawthorn Green Residential and Nursing Home, in Redmans Road, Stepney, was given a ride in his dream car as part of the homes make a wish project.

Ron, who was born in London’s Guy’s Hospital, said: “I’ve always wanted to ride in a Porsche but I didn’t think it would actually happen.”

“I got myself a licence when I was younger but have never drove; I always cycled and just admired all the cars, especially the fast ones – I used to enjoy extreme sports so I liked the look of the faster cars.”

The sports car was provided by the Porsche Centre East London, in Beckton.

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Amma Nkrumah, Sanctuary Care’s activities leader, said: “Ron’s reaction exceeded all our expectations – he loved every second of it! As soon as he stepped out the car he was so happy and sung us a song to say thank you – there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

“Thank you Porsche Centre East London for helping to make this unforgettable moment a reality.”

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Louise Holt, from Porsche Centre East London, added: “It was a pleasure to help Sanctuary Care in making Ron’s wish come true of driving in a Porsche. Ron is a wonderful man and enjoyed the drive, whilst singing some old songs to me. Porsche East London were honoured to be able to help in this project.”

The make a wish project is open to all residents at the home, which offers nursing and dementia care.

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