Rita Meredith has always loved horses. She was one of the first female horse riding policewomen in Britain, and later on she had her own horse riding school. But she is now very ill and is receiving palliative care in a Sydney home.
On her deathbed, she dreamed of meeting the horses again – and smelling the horse for the last time, Scriver Daily Mail Australia. But she didn’t think this was true when Riding Police Nicole Hefel and Graham Lovett fulfilled her last wish.
They drove the horses Hollywood and Don a full 168 kilometers to Rita’s nursing home, where she was taken to her hospital bed and had to pet the horses and feed them apples.
She couldn’t believe the police took the time to drive five hours back and forth just to meet her, says Robert Barnaby, Rita’s son.
In a touching Facebook post, Rita’s son-in-law Emily Sykes thanks NSW Police for fulfilling Rita’s last will.
I cannot thank the NSW Police for what happened. She fulfilled the dream of this wonderful lady and did it with such professionalism, respect and grace, she writes.
Rita Meredith moved from the United Kingdom to Australia in 1991, where she worked with children with disabilities.