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Former casual figure skater and schoolteacher, Alison Lloyd, 49, was given a star-filled surprise, after her carers nominated her to live out her dream of watching Dancing on Ice at the live recording of the opening show. 

The wish was granted as part of Right at Home UK’s Tin-full of Wishes campaign which encourages CareGivers to nominate homecare clients to have a once in a lifetime experience granted, following two difficult years that have seen many forced to shield from family and friends for extended periods. 

Alison, who suffered a stroke at the age of 46 that means she now lives with physical disabilities and requires care to maintain her independence, was nominated for her kindness, bravery and love of life. Alison is a keen figure skating enthusiast, having taken the sport up as a hobby during her time in Edinburgh before studying to become a primary-school teacher – a job she cherished until her stroke.

Commenting on the outing, Alison Lloyd: “I’m not usually out in the evening so this was amazing – far better than anything I could imagine. Watching all the skaters live and seeing their amazing costumes sparkle under the lights was beautiful and to top it all off, Philip Schofield even came to speak to us and ask how we were enjoying the show.

“I felt like royalty for the night. Now that I’ve seen it in person, it will mean a lot more to watch the show on TV and remember an incredible evening each time. My wish came true and I am grateful to everyone who made it happen.”

Jenny Madghachian, Owner of Right at Home Borehamwood and Watford said: “The entire community worked to make Alison’s wish happen – including our CareGivers supporting her on the night and driving the bus a local charity donated. We are all very proud to be part of such a rewarding campaign.

“Alison is an incredible lady and one of the many inspiring people we support. It’s her strength, humility and gratitude which give her the resilience to simply love and enjoy life and we’re delighted we could make her wish come through.”

Alison’s wish is the first to be granted as part of Right at Home’s 10-Year Anniversary campaign – nicknamed a Tin-full of Wishes for the traditional anniversary gift – to celebrate a decade of making a difference to their clients’ lives by awarding 10 wishes to 10 lucky Clients in 2022.

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