For fans of Love Island, it’s been two weeks since the finale of the tenth season of the show. But, for one lucky care home resident and superfan of the show, life at the villa resumed at her Love Island birthday party, complete with a scantily clad special guest to really complete the vibe.
Marion Cleak, who recently celebrated her 75th birthday on Saturday, is a resident at CHD Living’s Brownscombe Care Residences in Haslemere. Missing her fix from the show, but with a birthday set for a week after it finished, the team at the home knew what to do to bring back the Love Island energy.
And while a far cry from the Love Island villa in Mallorca as Britain enjoys a wash-out few weeks, the temperature certainly rose as Marion’s guest of honour arrived to help her celebrate – her very own ‘butler in the buff’.
Marion and her guests were given the full villa experience, surrounded by colourful decorations and neon lights as the birthday girl sipped her celebratory drinks from a personalised wine glass – and mug for the essential afternoon cuppa. Causing a few blushes similar to the neon lights around the villa, the tanned and toned butler provided a welcome visual distraction from the rain for all in attendance but especially the lady of the day. With Love Island-themed games and drinks enjoyed by all, Marion may have made a few new fans of the show by the end of her party.
Throwing it back to the 2018 season’s Firefighter Challenge, Marion also received a visit from local firefighters, who dropped in especially to sing her a special rendition of Happy Birthday complete with fire engine and sirens.
On her birthday surprise, Marion said: “What a wonderful day! That was a very cheeky surprise from the staff but it made my day so memorable. Celebrating with so many family and friends was very special and so much fun. I’m very thankful to everyone who came to my party and for all of the wonderful surprises – I can’t believe the local firefighters came just to sing to me. I’m such a big Love Island fan so it was brilliant of the team to make this the theme for my party. What a day!”
CHD Living’s care ethos, ‘creating happiness daily’, formed a central part to the plans and preparations for the party, with the team working to make the day both personal to, and perfect, for Marion. Brownscombe Care Residences’ Wellbeing Co-ordinator, Charlotte Wareham, commented: “The team did a great job getting Marion’s party ready. She is such a warm and bubbly personality within our Brownscombe community and she has a wonderful sense of humour. It’s how we knew that she’d absolutely love her ‘butler in the buff’. We were so grateful to our local fire service for popping along too.
“While the team wanted to plan a great birthday treat, we also wanted to highlight that life doesn’t stop being fun simply because someone goes into care. Our residents enjoy so many activities and experiences, making new memories and friends – we’re really proud of the sense of community here and have such a wonderful time with our residents.”
Brownscombe Care Residences will also be welcoming reality TV star Jess Impiazzi to its Open Day event on the 18th of August, set to celebrate the Residences recent award-winning refurbishment and official reopening with staff, residents, family, friends and colleagues from the local healthcare community