Aviation Day at Heanton Nursing Home

Albert Hobson Sat in the garden celebrating Aviation Day at Heanton Nursing Home.
Albert (Bob) Hobson at Heanton Nursing Home
The 19th was chosen as it was Orville Wright’s birthday…

The 19th August is Aviation Day which celebrates the development of powered flight. The 19th was chosen as it was Orville Wright’s birthday, who famously went on to fly the first aeroplane with his brother in 1903.

So although Aviation Day is an American observance, it is of interest to aviation fans from across the globe.

Orville Wright stood next to the first aeroplane to ever be flown.
Orville Wright in front of his world changing aeroplane.

One of those global fans is 90-year-old, Albert (Bob) Hobson, who spent much of his life in the RAF. He now lives at Heanton Nursing Home, near Barnstaple and they are helping him to celebrate his interest in avionics.

He has lived at the home since the summer of 2015 and it is remarkable to think that Albert was born just 26 years after the Wright brothers’ historical first flight.

Albert joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) as an engineer in the 1940s. He met his wife, Doris, in Newcastle when she was over on holiday from Ireland and they fell in love. When Albert’s job took him out to the Far East, she flew out to join him in on an RAF base in Singapore where they were married in 1952.

She said that she had grown up in Ireland, so moving to Singapore was a huge change for her. She went on to say that Albert had wanted to be an aero engineer from an early age and was always great at fixing anything around their home.

In Singapore they lived in quarters at RAF Changi and Albert loved his work. It was an exciting time to be an engineer as the RAF were changing from having propeller driven aircraft to newer, jet powered aircraft.

Doris said Singapore was a wonderful place to live and she has many happy memories from their time there. Albert worked for the RAF for his whole career and it took him to other parts of the Far East as well as Aden and Germany, before Doris and he eventually settled down in Devon.  

Heanton Nursing Home was recently rated as “outstanding”…

Heanton Nursing Home was recently rated as “outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission and Doris lives nearby. The Home cares for 52 “family members” who are each at the centre of every decision made.

The care team make detailed notes about each family member’s life history as it is only by knowing their likes, dislikes and interests that they can truly offer the best person-centred care.  

Sixty-seven years after getting married, Albert now lives with dementia, and Doris visits him in the home every week and says the Heanton care team are excellent and she really appreciates everything they do for him.

We will be celebrating Aviation Day here – https://www.facebook.com/HeantonNH/

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Jerry Short care writer

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