When Evie Wallage pinned her hopes to the Wish Tree at her care home, she
never dreamed it would lead her to the Winners’ Enclosure at Lingfield Park Racecourse.
The 87-year-old not only fulfilled her wish to spend a day at the races, but was
proud to take centre stage at the Surrey track, by presenting the prize to
winning connections of Revestar, which won The Evie Wallage Wish Tree
Maiden Auction Stakes.
Evie, who lives at Bowes House Care UK home in East Sussex, was thrilled to see
her name in lights when she visited Lingfield Park.
“I had absolutely no idea there was a race named after me today until I arrived –
what a lovely surprise!’ said Evie, who was accompanied on her day out by Care
UK receptionist Frances Gaunt – a former member of the Lingfield Park raceday
Frances, who retired from the racecourse in 2017 after a career spanning 30 years, said she was delighted to help Evie’s wish come true, saying: “It was wonderful to be able to pick up the phone to Lingfield Park and ask my old colleagues to organise this for Evie today.”
“I now work one day a week at the home and love to see the wishes come true for the residents.”