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Star's bubble car to go on show at new care home

By Katia Harston, Chief Reporter Friday 3rd August 2012
Bubble vision: Sir Jimmy Savile's famous yellow bubble car is making its way to Barnsley.

Now then, now then...Sir Jimmy Savile’s prized, three-wheeler bubble car will roll into Mapplewell to go on show in a new care home.

 

Angela Swift owns Silk Healthcare which is opening the Mapplewell Manor home on Greenside Avenue.

 

She spent £22,000 on the quirky car at a charity auction held in Leeds on Monday and plans to put the 1965 BMW Isetta 300 Plus on show in the home’s reception.

 

“The new home specialises in dementia care and it will be good for residents because it is nostalgic and will bring back memories for them.”

 

She decided to bid for the car after Sir Jimmy did a good turn for her when he opened another home she owns in Yarm, Stockton-on-Tees.

 

She said: “He turned up for free, despite celebrities asking for £20,000.”

 

Angela said buying the car was a way of repaying the ‘generosity’ shown by Sir Jimmy and to give something back to his charitable trust.

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Posted by AreShoal I Thu 9th Aug 2012 at 11:50pm

“The new home specialises in dementia care and it will be good for residents because it is nostalgic and will bring back memories for them.”.....If they have dementia how will they remember anything?

Posted by EJALEIGH I Fri 22nd Nov 2013 at 11:27am

I bet she is kicking herself now. It must be worthless.

Posted by Mark I Fri 5th Feb 2016 at 7:10pm

Specialises in Dementia care? I beg to differ. Where shall I start?

Posted by Tracey I Fri 5th Feb 2016 at 7:35pm

£22,000 on a quirky car? Really?

It would be better spent on appropriate staff training after they have admitted being incapable of and not qualified enough to deal with their clients dementia needs.

Care should come first - NOT cars.