A heartwarming moment was captured outside a hospice room when family members said farewell to an aviation super-fan diagnosed with a terminal cancer.
The 66-year-old was stunned when he was invited outside by hospice staff and told to look up.
His family had arranged for a pilot to draw a smiley face in the sky over Worcester, southwest of Birmingham, England.
Aerobatic pilot Rich Goodwin skillfully sketched a huge smiling face above Ray Stanton, a former transportation engineer.
Ray, who had a lifelong passion for aircraft, enjoyed the show with his wife, Angela, and his son and daughter.
Angela said his children fondly remember going to air shows and museums with their dad, who would share his extensive knowledge with them.
The surprise was organized with help from the staff at St Richard’s Hospice—where Chief Executive Mike Wilkerson witnessed the precious moments being made for Ray and his family.
“This was such a special moment for everyone watching. We feel privileged to have helped make it happen.”
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Angela was grateful for the compassion shown on the ground—and the kindness that showed up overhead.
“To see the smile in the sky and then look at Ray’s smile was just fantastic.
“I haven’t seen him smile for a while. The care here is above and beyond anything.”
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