Elderly mans travel dream comes true after 35 years without a holiday

first_imgMr Silver added: “I told Dave about the funds, that 200 people have donated! He just laughed and laughed, he couldn’t believe it!! He even hugged me, he’s not a hugger, he never hugged me before!!!“He wants to pass on his heartfelt thanks to everyone. Now we have more than enough to pay for the ticket, Dave doesn’t want a fuss or more money than he needs, so I will be closing this page and getting his tickets sorted.“Anything left he gets for spending money, which is going to be about £1000. He’s in for a lovely shock!!”See the JustGiving page here.  “Dave lives next door to me, he has since we moved in 20 years ago,” explained Mr Silver.“He cared for his wife Ivy, who had dementia, at their home for the last ten years. They had been married for 51 years! He never complained about it, even though she didn’t even recognise him for the last few years.“She died in December. He told me the day she died that he hadn’t left the house in two months.”He added that his neighbour’s dream has always been to travel. He wants to see his brother in Florida, explore New York and return to his honeymoon destination in Greece. “Now he really wants to travel in his twilight years, he hasn’t had a holiday for 35 years, but he only has his pension,” his neighbour added.“I asked him if he had any dreams left at his age, he said ‘I always wanted to see a bit of the world, but it can’t happen now, I missed my chance.’ “I’d like to help. He’s 73, he’s in good health and the last holiday he had was in 1982!”More than £2,000 has already been raised for Dave’s holiday, with hundreds of people donating. Wow. That climbed quickly!!! Looks like the goal has been reached!!! AWESOMEWould love to see some pictures and/or video of his adventures— Chris W. Lawson 💻 (@Chris_Said_it) July 19, 2017 I’ll try and post some photos on here when Dave gets on the plane. What an amazing few days!— Payne Silver (@PayneSilver1) July 20, 2017center_img Woman who photoshopped herself into bad holiday photos gets amazing offer Strangers have helped an elderly man’s dream come true by helping pay for his first holiday in 35 years.Charity worker Payne Silver set up a JustGiving page for his 73-year-old neighbour Dave who has cared for his wife, who had dementia, for the last ten years. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. I’m trying to help my 73 year old neighbour. Could you help spread the word with a RT? https://t.co/q1sRJAXZhy#charitytuesday— Payne Silver (@PayneSilver1) July 18, 2017last_img

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