Happy Birthday Nick
Nick lives at Hookstone Chase. He chose a trip to Whitby for his goal to exercise his confidence in mobility and getting out and about. Nick's new Key Worker supported him to achieve this goal, and she shares the story of the great time they had:
Nick decided he would like to get to Whitby on the Steam train from Pickering so we looked at the North Yorkshire Moors railway on his tablet.
Nick has his living skills on a Thursday so we looked at the timetable for up-an-coming Thursdays and Nick shouted out “That’s the one ! Its my birthday that day!”
We planned how to book the tickets, get to the station, and even sorted out money for the trip.
Nick took charge of watching the weather over the next couple of weeks and he saw torrential rain to scorching sun, so I said I have to have a word and book good weather for us !
The night before the trip Nick took the initiative to strip his bedding and busy himself doing his usual Thursday chores in advance so we could be up early the next day as the taxi was booked for 7:50 in the morning.
Nick did amazing at climbing aboard the train, we had to climb onto a block that the conductor had positioned on the platform next to the train, the corridor on the train was dark and narrow and Nick followed Nicci carefully. The carriage had the old fashioned compartments with 6 seats inside each compartment. We joined a lovely couple & their friend in the 3rd compartment. They were very knowledgeable about the steam railway and kept us informed and entertained throughout the journey.
When we left Pickering we were being pushed by a Heritage Diesel Engine, but after a wait at Grosmont Station we were hooked up to a Stream Engine which was really exciting. We kept seeing puffs of fluffy white steam passing the window, but apparently if you were to put your face out of the window you’d be covered in little black soot marks! From Grosmont Station we were soon in Whitby.
From there we heard the lovely sound of PanPipes and stood on the harbour for a while listening to them being played. Next we went in search of: Fish & Chips !!!
Nick waited patiently for his order, and his small WHALE arrived! We both agreed these were some of the best Fish & Chips we’d ever had.
After our lunch we needed a stroll along the seafront. We then started to make our way back to the station, as we passed the Indian playing the Panpipes Nick treated himself to a CD. We then went and sat on the harbour for a while watching the world go by and listening to some Jazz music.
This time at the station we spotted a ramp up to the carriage so climbed aboard this way and ended up in the Goods Carriage! Not to worry we moved along the coaches and came to an old fashioned British rail looking carriage.
This time when the train stopped at Grosmont we got off and had a look at the Steam Engine. It was very noisy when the engine let off its steam.
We wandered along and had to go through a long tunnel. We headed for the ‘Light at the end of the tunnel.’ At the other end we looked at the engines being worked on and saw a really BIG engine from USA. On the way back to the station we decided we now had room for pudding so stopped at the Old School House tea rooms
We had room for Nick’s ‘first’ piece of coffee cake that day.
On the journey home it was a Steam Engine again called Eric Clift and these carriages were very old looking, they had little brown upholstered sofas around tables.
All in all we had a lovely day trip to Whitby, the weather was beautiful with not a cloud in the sky (apart from the puffs of steam clouds) We had some of the best Fish & Chips, which came with a traditional pot of tea (tea leaves and a strainer!)
I think Nick should be very proud of himself, his mobility was superb, he only tackled one young lady by the ankles with this cane !!
Happy Birthday Nick; looking forward to what you come up with next.
Last updated on 27 July 2016.
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