A man in a care home tried fast food for the first time after wishing for a takeaway before he turns 100.
William Thorpe, 99, from Slough, had never eaten a takeaway, and only recently found out what fast food was.
But when William and friend Ann Sadler-Smith, 80, feared they were missing out, the manager of Oak House care home in Slough arranged for them to try some of the nation’s favourite takeaways.
William Thorpe, 99, from Slough, and his best friend Ann Sadler-Smith, 80, at the Oak House care home in Slough
The pair sat down to try a Big Mac, a Subway Sandwich, Domino’s Pizza, Burger King Nuggets, a Krispy Kreme – and even a vegan sausage roll from Greggs.
Their favourite takeaway was McDonald’s Big Mac, followed closely by Domino’s Margherita pizza.
The team at the care home has made it their mission to grant wishes to all of their residents this year.
A tree was put up in the home for residents to hang their wishes on and William asked for a takeaway.
William, 99, said: ‘I’ve never really tried takeaway because in my day it just didn’t exist.
The pair tuck into their McDonald’s Big Mac and fries which they said was ‘delicious’ and said the price was ‘very reasonable’
‘You didn’t have so many different styles of food and you definitely couldn’t have it delivered to your door, so it’s quite exciting really.
He added: ‘I’m used to eating from a plate with a knife and fork.’
A firm takeaway winner with William and Ann was the McDonald’s Big Mac despite the large portion size.
William, 99, said: ‘I’ve never really tried takeaway because in my day it just didn’t exist. Pictured with Ann
William said: ‘I loved the Big Mac, although I didn’t realise I had only picked up half of it at first – what a huge burger that was!
‘It was my favourite of the day. The sauce they used was delicious and the price seemed very reasonable.’
However the Greggs vegan sausage roll was described as ‘dry’ by Ann while William was disappointed it wasn’t hot.
Ann enjoyed the Dominos’s Margherita pizza after she asked the care workers which way she holds the slice to the amusement of the camera crew.
She said: ‘Domino’s was my favourite, a definite winner for me, the sauce was very, very nice. I wasn’t sure how to eat it at first but it was lovely and chewy.’
The friends tucked into a Krispy Kreme chocolate donut for dessert after their sample menu of takeaway favourites.
William said: ‘Now that doughnut was lovely, but I don’t think it’s best eaten after a meal because you don’t enjoy it as much.
‘The time for one of those is in the afternoon with a nice cup of tea.’
Krispy Kreme donuts were a welcome sweet treat for the pair which William said would have gone well with a ‘nice cup of tea’
Ann added: ‘That was a dessert I could have again and again, it was so good, and the chocolate filling sweetened the deal, I wish would have had that first.’
Yvonne Keating, who leads the team at the Care UK home, said: ‘We are trying to grant as many wishes for residents as we can, from angling, to corresponding with famous football managers and we’ve really been busy this year.
‘The wishing tree initiative is something you’ll see in every single one of Care UK’s 120 homes, together we have made hundreds of wishes come true so far with even more lined up for 2020.’