Oxford Mail publish this Story : Millers Grange: Witney care home resident visited by MG cars

Don Hayter, a former MG car designer is visited by members of the Abingdon MG Car Club and their cars. Picture: Matthew Power Photography

A CARE home resident who designed the MGB sports car was paid a special visit.

Don Hayter worked for MG cars for 42 years, becoming the chief design and development engineer, and led the team that created the MGB and Roadster models.

These became some of the most iconic British sports cars of the time – with the MGB even being featured in the James Bond film, The Man With The Golden Gun.

The care team at Millers Grange, Witney discovered that Mr Hayter sketched the original concept and was responsible for the design of the MGB body, and so arranged for him to take a look at his proudest achievement once again.

The team arranged for the MG Car Club, from Abingdon, to visit the home.

Mr Hayter reminisced with members of the MG Car Club and swapped stories about his time working there.

Steve Reader, home manager at Millers Grange, said: “It was a pleasure to see Don revisit one of his biggest career milestones, especially as he had not seen the car for some time.

“We firmly believe that life in a care home doesn’t have to be predictable, and it was lovely to celebrate and reminisce about Don’s incredible achievements – it clearly meant a lot to him.

“We would like to thank the MG Car Club for coming down with their cars, it was a really special day.”

The December visit isn’t the first time the team at Millers Grange has granted a wish – the care home has a Wishing Tree initiative which allows residents to suggest ideas for activities they would like to do.

By Liam Rice Reporter

Don is now back home, now his wife has returned from her holiday.