"The best Christmas present": Care home resident surprised with trip to St James' Park
A man living with dementia has been given the surprise of a lifetime courtesy of his care home, after not being able to visit his beloved St James' Park for 20 years.
David McCarten is a Newcastle United super-fan and has lived at the home in Wallsend for a year.
The 74-year-old knew nothing of the surprise until the morning of the tour and described it as "one of the best days of my life".
Mr McCarten said: "I have wanted to go back to the ground for a long time, but never imagined I'd get to go to where I went.
"Seeing behind the scenes was absolutely amazing. My favourite player of all time is Alan Shearer, and the best bit of the whole day was having a pint in Shearer's bar.
"It was the best Christmas present I could have asked for."
The trip was organised for the former shipyard worker by Eothen Homes, alongside the charity Geniewish.
Mr McCarten was given a tour of VIP-only areas in the stadium, including the club changing rooms.
Cheryl Davison from Geniewish said: "It was an absolute pleasure granting David’s wish, the pictures we received were fantastic and the feedback from the Care Home Manager Christine was so lovely.
"We just want to add a little kindness and sparkle wherever we go with Geniewish. One small act of kindness can mean so much to someone.
"Fulfilling a wish or a dream they’ve always had is simply magical."
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