Project information

The Wish Appeal

The Wish Appeal aims to grant wishes, such as a family meal or trip to the opera, to residents of Abbeyfield Kent residential and care homes.


Charity information: The Abbeyfield Kent Society

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  • Need


    Abbeyfield Kent recognises that as people grow older, it is not extravagant things they desire. Whilst some people dream of winning the lottery and travelling the world, older people may simply yearn for a meal at their favourite restaurant, a walk in the park or a day at the beach. However due to poor health or mobility issues it may not be possible for a resident, or their family, to make their wish come true.


    The Wish Appeal will provide all of the funding required to enable residents to fulfil their wishes. This includes adequate staffing, equipment, transport and any costs relating to the wish itself, such as tickets, food and drink and clothing, such as a suit or new dress, where required.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To continue fundraising for the Wish Appeal to fund wishes for the residents of Abbeyfield Kent.


    » We will encourage individual Abbeyfield Kent homes to continue to fundraise internally to fund wishes for their own residents.
    » Make applications to local and national grant making trusts and organisations.
    » Encourage staff and external organisations, such as

    What success will look like

    Success will be continuing to grant wishes for Abbeyfield Kent throughout 2016.

  • Impact


    Every one of our residents is special and deserves the very best level of service, and we're committed to making their lives as happy as possible. Through our ethos of care and our remarkable staff we aim to enhance later life for all residents that live at an Abbeyfield Kent home.

    We will demonstate the success of the project by monitoring the numbers of wishes granted in 2016. Success will be an increase of 20% of wishes granted in 2016 compared to 2015.


    The risk could be that we do not raise enough funds from the Big Give to enable us to increase the number of wishes granted to residents.

    If we do not raise enough funding we will continue to fundraise using other methods, such as community fundraising and applying to grant making trusts and organisations.

    These types of fundrasing take time and are not always guaranteed sources of funding.


    We will use our newsletter The AKS Times to report the success of the project to donors. We will also use our website and soical media, such as Facebook and Twitter to keep donors updated on the project.

    We will issue press releases to the local media to promote the project to a wider audience.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Wishes To grant up to 10 wishes in 2016
  • Background


    Abbeyfield Kent is the largest independent Abbeyfield society in Britain with nine residential care homes, four sheltered housing units and one extra care scheme across the county.


    The beneficeries of this project will be the residents of Abbeyfield Kent homes who will be given the opportunity to fulfil a long term wish, one that they may not be able to achieve on their own or with their family due to health or mobility issues.

    Arvid, a resident in Canterbury recently visited the cinema to watch 12 Years A Slave.

    "I was absolutely delighted to be given the opportunity to see the film. It was brilliant and I will remember it for as long as I shall live"

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Abbeyfield Kent has been care for older people in Kent for over 40 years. The charity is firmly founded on Christian principles of caring, compassion and companionship.

    We give a high priority to the medical, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of older people to both develop a sense of community and companionship to alleviate loneliness and reduce any potential feelings of isolation. Through caring, openness, honesty and respect, we enhance the quality of life for older people.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Leon Steer

    Leon is the Chief Executive of The Abbeyfield Kent Society and the founder of The Wish Appeal.

Woodgate Residents at the seaside

Woodgate Residents at the seaside

“I’m loving this, it may be the last time I ever get to see the sea.”

Esme, resident at Woodgate in Tonbridge, following her trip to the seaside for fish and chips.