Centenarian Celebrations At West Sussex Care Home

There was a duet of celebrations at an East Preston care home with two residents enjoying birthday celebrations – despite being in lockdown once again.

Josephine Harwood celebrated her 100th birthday at The Martlets care home alongside 93-year-old Christine Northeast. The residents were treated to a tea party with family, friends and local councillor Elizabeth Linton joining the party via Zoom.

Born in London to musician parents, Josephine, an only child, was a keen ice-skater. After leaving school, Josephine worked in a London department store which was well known for making hats for The Queen. She later met and married Lawrence and they went on to have four children, living in several towns across the south coast.

Despite being partially blind in both eyes, Josephine remains very independent and active within the home.

Joining Josephine in her celebrations was fellow resident, Christine Northeast, who turned 93.

Chris, as she liked to be known, was one of 12 children born to her parents in Oxfordshire. During the War, Chris spent much of her time working in factories before becoming a full-time mother for her three children. She moved into the home five years ago.

Alison Worms, home manager at The Martlets – which is operated by Shaw healthcare – said: “Even though the celebrations are slightly different to what we would have planned due to current restrictions, we hope both Josephine and Chris enjoyed themselves. They are both wonderful characters and everyone loves hearing the stories they have to tell.”


















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