THE FAMILY of a woman described as ' the happiest soul' are aiming to create a lasting memorial to her at the residential home which cared for her.

Caroline Johnson passed away at York Hospital in January after a short illness at the age of 38. For the last eight years Caroline lived in Pickering at Isabella Court, run by Wilf Ward Trust, a residential home for disabled adults.

Caroline's mother, Gaynor, who lives in Norton, said: Despite her multiple disabilities she was the happiest soul I know and so full of joy. Caroline will be missed by so many people but we’ll all remember that lovely smile and infectious giggle."

"What has become very apparent since she died is just how many people knew her and how many hearts she touched."

She added: "Caroline communicated non verbally and took great delight in zooming around in her wheelchair. She was full of joy and mischief and her love of life was infectious.

"Caroline was at Isabella Court for eight very happy years. I can’t thank them enough for caring so well for her and the other residents.Pre-pandemic Caroline had trips to the seaside, cinema, pop concerts and so much more. Since covid the staff have done a wonderful job of keeping the residents safe while still providing interesting activities."

Gaynor said: "Caroline touched so many hearts that we would like to create a lasting memorial to her in the garden at Isabella Court.

"We hope to create an easy access paved area with seating and perhaps a water feature and sensory garden. Please support us to make ‘Caroline’s Corner, she was very happy there and this would be a well-deserved gift for the residents and exemplary staff."

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