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Bournemouth Care Home Resident Celebrates 102nd Birthday

A resident at RMBI Care Co. Home Zetland Court, in Bournemouth, has recently celebrated her 102nd birthday.

Joycelyn Mills enjoyed a celebration complete with tea and cake at the care home with her family. She spent the afternoon with her two daughters, Jocelyn and Ann, who were delighted to share this special day with their mum, as well as with her sons-in-law, granddaughters and great-grandchildren.

A singer joined Joy and her family and played two songs with his guitar for her: ‘My Mammy’, an American popular song released around the time Joy was born, and, of course, ‘Happy Birthday.’

Joycelyn was born in Barry, South Wales, on 15 June 1920. She ran a small business with her husband and were part of the community, but in 1982 they moved to Bournemouth to be closer to family. She says: “I’ve had a very happy life, especially these last years, looking after grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”

When asked about her secret for a long life, she simply said: “Hard work!” However, her advice for younger generations is to enjoy life as much as possible.

Karen Casey, Activities Coordinator at Zetland Court, said:
“Joy lives up to her name, always smiling and happy to see people! She has a great sense of humour and loves to have some playful banter with the staff.”