A resident at a dementia specialist care home in Oxfordshire has celebrated an exciting milestone recently when she turned 100 years old.
Ruby Riches, who resides at Rosebank Care Home, marked the milestone birthday with the help of the community on Tuesday, 23rd February 2021.
Ruby was inundated with gifts, phone calls, and cards on her special day from the local community, as well as a card from the Queen. Staff at the care home in Bampton counted over one hundred cards that she received, some from her former paper girls, from her time working at the post office.
As the former headteacher of Clanfield Primary school, Ruby was delighted to receive a video message from the current headteacher wishing her a happy birthday, and the children also created a presentation filled with videos and pictures in celebration of Ruby’s special day.
Ruby also received a card from the family who bought her cottage when she moved into Rosebank four years ago, which was extremely thoughtful, and much appreciated. The family wished her a happy birthday and reassured her that her garden was being well looked after.
Ruby, was overjoyed by the community’s efforts, said: “I have been thoroughly spoilt by everyone. I have enjoyed my day enormously.’”
The team at Rosebank Care Home arranged a live zoom call from her favourite entertainer to sing to Ruby, as well as a beautiful birthday cake, which she enjoyed with her friends at Rosebank. A special visit in the family hub was arranged with her dearest friend Elizabeth Martin, who helped organise everyone in the community to make the centenarian’s day so wonderful.
Rosebank Care Home Owner, Jane Roberts, said, “We are all delighted that Ruby has reached this milestone birthday, and we are honoured to have been able to share such a happy day with her.”
Manager, Vanessa Lavender commented, “It was a joyous occasion, and we are extremely grateful to Elizabeth, and our amazing Bampton community, who have shown so much kindness and love towards Ruby on her 100th birthday!”