A terminally ill couple had their dying wish granted by a former paramedic who took them to visit a beach for the last time.

Kees Veldboer, 60, from the Netherlands, set up a charity that gives dying patients an opportunity to have one final trip out of the hospital.

For this elderly couple, the Dutch former medic brought them on their last outing to a beach.

So far Veldboer has granted the wishes of more than 14,000 terminally ill patients.

The idea came to Veldboer when he was working as a paramedic and had to transfer a terminally-ill patient to another hospital in 2006.

When there was a delay, Veldboer asked patient Mario Stefanutto where he would like to go.

Retired seaman Stefanutto wanted to see Rotterdam Harbour for one last time.

Veldboer took him and he even arranged for Stefanutto to go sailing one more time, even though he was on a stretcher.

A year later Veldboer founded the “Stichting Ambulance Wens” or “Ambulance Wish Foundation” and with the help of his wife Ineke, 61, a nurse, has turned it into his full-time job.

Veldboer, who worked as an ambulance driver for more than 20 years, initially used the hospital’s ambulances to help people around the country and later was able to buy his own.

Since buying his own fleet of ambulances, Veldboer has taken patients everywhere from art exhibitions to watching their favorite football team one last time.

One terminally ill teen was taken from his home in the Netherlands to Switzerland to see mountains as he had never seen before.

“Every day we help six terminally ill people. It’s so nice to see them happy- for us it’s something easy to do but for them, it’s something so special. We have driven people for miles, even to other countries, and taken them to some really amazing places,” he said.

“But for me, the most beautiful thing I think we have done for a woman who was in a hospital for months and after being given a terminal diagnosis, she was taken into a hospice. All she wanted was to see her home for one last time- we took her there and she was just standing there for an hour, looking around. Two days later, she died- it was such a beautiful wish, so simple yet so meaningful for her.”

Stichting Ambulance Wens try to fulfill any last wishes they can- no matter how quirky they might be.

Another quite popular wish is for patients to see their favorite piece of art for one last time and Kees delivered- he arranged many trips to the museum, after the opening hours so people could admire the art.

The most recent one was at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, where people were able to see Rembrandt’s exhibition.

Veldboer also arranged for two football fans to watch a game of their beloved Ajax one more time.

A terminally-ill grandmother was able to meet her newborn grandchild while another grandmother attended her grandson’s wedding.

In another case, the Stichting Ambulance Wens took a man to his last car show in Rosmalen, while two immobile ladies visited the Sand Stories in Elburg for the last time.

Stichting Ambulance Wens offers something that the patient’s relatives cannot do themselves- in most cases patients are immobile and bound to a stretcher so they wouldn’t be able to move in a car or another vehicle.

In addition, terminally-ill patients are in need of 24-hour medical care and that’s why the organization consists of 270 volunteers who are all medically trained, in case of an emergency.

Veldboer added: “It’s not only about helping the patient, we also help their families and friends 
create beautiful memories.

“We know we cannot make them better but we give them so much joy in their last days and it’s special.”