Author Dr Rosemary Westwell surprises husband on his birthday by arriving at Heron Court in March on Harley Davidson

Witchford author Dr Rosemary Westwell came to Heron House on a Harley Davidson. She arrived in style

Witchford author Dr Rosemary Westwell came to Heron House on a Harley Davidson. She arrived in style on a Harley Davidson as she pays a visit to her husband John Westwell, who suffers from dementia and is a resident at the home. Left: Dignity Champion Val Ingram, Dr Rosemary Westwell, Dignity Champion Rachel Clarke and Steve Mingay from C&A motorcycle training.Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

An author donned leathers and paid her husband a birthday visit on a Harley Davidson.

Witchford author Dr Rosemary Westwell came to Heron House on a Harley Davidson. She arrived in style

Witchford author Dr Rosemary Westwell came to Heron House on a Harley Davidson. She arrived in style on a Harley Davidson as she pays a visit to her husband John Westwell, who suffers from dementia and is a resident at the home. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Dr Rosemary Westwell rode into Heron Court in March, where her husband John has received care since 2006, in style last Thursday.

Witchford author Dr Rosemary Westwell came to Heron House on a Harley Davidson. She arrived in style

Witchford author Dr Rosemary Westwell came to Heron House on a Harley Davidson. She arrived in style on a Harley Davidson as she pays a visit to her husband John Westwell, who suffers from dementia and is a resident at the home.Dr Rosemary Westwell. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Mr Westwell, who was diagnosed with dementia 22 years ago, was celebrating his 68th birthday.

Witchford author Dr Rosemary Westwell came to Heron House on a Harley Davidson. She arrived in style

Witchford author Dr Rosemary Westwell came to Heron House on a Harley Davidson. She arrived in style on a Harley Davidson as she pays a visit to her husband John Westwell, who suffers from dementia and is a resident at the home. Dr Rosemary Westwell leaving Heron house. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Dr Westwell has documented her husband’s battle with dementia in a book John, Dementia and Me and has campaigned tirelessly for people with dementia to receive more support from the NHS.

John Westwell

John Westwell - Credit: Archant

This is not the first time the author has gone the extra mile to surprise her husband on his birthday - last year she flew over the care home on a Cessna plane.


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The Harley Davidson idea came about through a chance meeting in a music shop with bike shop owner Steve Mingay, of C&A Motorcycle Training in King’s Lynn.

Dr Westwell, of Witchford, said: “I had to borrow a leather jacket from my next door neighbour and got out some jeans I had not worn in years.

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“It was absolutely fantastic. John was wheeled out and took no notice as usual but I think he, and the other residents, enjoyed being outside. The staff were buzzing too.”

Dr Westwell is available to give talks on dementia - call 01353 663918 or e-mail rjwestwell@hotmail.com

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