Memories are rekindled when senior citizens visit us at Hillary House. For Rae Maud, a resident of Mayfair Retirement Village who visited Hillary House in July, a special memory was of dancing with Sir Ed as the band played Climb Every Mountain. Browse Rae’s story Visit to Hillary House jogs memory for 92 year old on our website.
Rae is one of many seniors who have visited Hillary House over recent months within the Hillary House Seniors Visiting Programme. Visitors have enjoyed a presentation by Chair, Robin Houlker, on the journey of Hillary House, followed by a tour inside and morning tea in Sir Ed’s dining room. Seniors are thrilled to be in the home where Sir Ed actually lived.
Marketer and Hillary Helper volunteer, Christine Foley (above left), has enjoyed making contact with retirement villages throughout the Auckland region promoting Hillary House. “It’s been really satisfying to have such an enthusiastic response to our new Seniors Visiting Information Sheet. Since June this has resulted in visits by groups from Highlands and Edgewater, Erin Park, Wattle Downs, Summerset at the Park, Mayfair, St Andrews and The Poynton retirement villages.
Christine says the icing on the cake is when the village residents are brought to visit Hillary House and she is there to help with hosting. “It’s a special experience for these residents and for me. The House is abuzz with conversation and shared memories of Sir Ed’s achievements and how he has touched their lives. Whether they passed him in the street or met him formally, they remember small details, which we love sharing with others.”