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Londoner gets her East Coast wish

It’s one last trip home that Eleanor Pullman never thought she’d be able to take.

At 91-years-old, Pullman is, by her own account, “no spring chicken.” But she will board a VIA train early Wednesday en route to Larry’s River, N.S.

Pullman grew up in the small fishing community about 200 kilometres east of Nova Scotia and health problems have prevented her from visiting family for several years.

Since her husband worked for CN, Pullman has a lifetime rail pass providing her free passage anywhere in Canada or the United States. What’s been holding her back is a way for her full-time caregiver, Heather Landry, to make the trip.

Enter Rebecca de Witt, director of Nurse Next Door London, which offers home-care services. When Pullman blew out the candles at her 90th birthday party, de Witt asked what she had wished for.

The answer — a chance to visit her brother in Larry’s River — touched de Witt and prompted her to take action.

She submitted the request to Nurse Next Door’s new Dream On Senior Wish Foundation and it was picked for funding.

“It is a really big surprise,” said Pullman, adding her brother, with whom she’ll be staying during the trip, was just as surprised.

Landry, also from the east coast, “will be driving and making sure that all of (Pullman’s) needs are met while they are on the trip,” de Witt said.

One trip Landry will have to make is to the fishing docks where Pullman plans to buy lobster right from the boat.

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