‘Tears shed, beautiful memories’: Touching moment police help grant dying woman’s final wish


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The beautiful visit had Rita full of smiles and love. Photo / Mounted Unit – NSW Police Force

An elderly woman at the end of her life has had her last wish granted with the help of NSW Police.

Rita Meredith, who is in palliative care in Sydney, is too ill to go home and is not expected to recover.

Rita Meredith, who loves animals, was a police officer in the UK in her early twenties before becoming the country’s first female mounted police officer.

Since her previous role was to be a policeman on horseback, she had one last wish: to feel or see a horse one last time.

On Tuesday, police were able to grant their final wish when two horses – Hollywood and Don – from the New South Wales Police Mounted Unit came to visit Meredith at her hospice.

“We went to Newcastle to see Rita and fulfill her wish. Hollywood and Don lit up Rita’s day,” police said.

“There were many tears shed and beautiful memories created.”

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