The family of Joseph Maurice Parkinson, a resident at The Farmstead in Telford, ensured he would still have a wonderful 90th birthday despite not being able to visit as usual.
Joseph, who goes by his middle name Maurice, received lots of birthday presents, left on the doorstep of the care home by his loved ones to make sure he could still celebrate in style.
Maurice is a former principal lecturer from Wolverhampton and is married to Rita, with whom he has two children, four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Despite being unable to celebrate with a proper party for all the family, the home made sure that Maurice’s birthday was still special, and ensured he enjoyed the gifts his family kindly left for him including lots of fizz to share with the other residents at The Farmstead.
When asked his secret to a long and healthy life, Maurice said that ‘you shouldn’t drink or smoke’ and that he only drinks occasionally to be social!
Maurice said: “I was a bit disappointed that I couldn’t celebrate my birthday with my wife and family like I usually would, but I know that’s what is best to keep everyone safe and well for now.
“I’m so thrilled they still thought about me and brought some gifts to the doorstep, I felt like royalty!”
Jane Watson, acting home manager at The Farmstead, said: “Maurice is a wonderful character, he always makes everyone smile!
“Although his birthday party wasn’t what he is used to, I hope he had a lovely day nonetheless and we will make up for it when we can welcome his family to the home again.”