There were celebrations at a Bristol care home this week to mark the 106th birthday of Anne Brokenbrow, who made the national news headlines when she was “arrested” last year.
Anne, a resident at Stokeleigh Care Home in Stoke Bishop, had her wish granted in March last year.
Police turned up at Stokeleigh to “arrest” her, put her in handcuffs and took her away in a police car with its siren on and blue lights flashing.
Though she had not done anything wrong in her life, Anne wanted to find out what it was like to be a “criminal” for a day. She found the whole experience “very exciting”.
Anne, who worked as a secretary to a sergeant major during World War 2, celebrated with a birthday cake and a card from her grandson who lives in Singapore with 106 kisses inside.
She also received her sixth birthday card from the Queen, the first being for her 100th birthday.
Kelly Lewis, Stokeleigh’s activities coordinator, said: “We all love Anne: she is very much our Stokeleigh superstar after her arrest last year. She loves music and singing. She’s a very jolly lady with a wicked sense of humour.”
Sean Gavin, CEO of Hartford Care, which runs Stokeleigh, says: “Everybody at Hartford Care wishes Anne a very happy 106th birthday. She’s an absolute inspiration to us all as well as everyone who knows her as she continues living her life to the full. Congratulations Anne, what an achievement!”
Hartford Care Group Limited which is part of a family-owned business, established more than a century ago in 1908. It runs 15 residential and nursing homes located throughout southern England in Bristol, Berkshire, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Oxfordshire. The company is governed by its core principles of care, comfort and companionship in an environment that is safe and happy for all.