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Gateshead Care Home Celebrates Resident’s Milestone Birthday

betty-100thAlexandra House care home, which is based in Gateshead and is part of Akari Care, held a special party for one of its residents to celebrate her milestone 100th birthday.

Gateshead-born Elizabeth Norwood, known as Betty, was surrounded by family and friends on her special day and enjoyed a birthday party with a cake and a congratulatory card from the Queen.

Betty, who married her husband Sydney, aged 21, has two children, William (Bill) and Margaret, six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild, some of whom joined in the celebration.

Betty, who is the youngest of seven children, worked in the Mansion Polish Factory, ran The Rom’s Head in Langley Park with Syd until he sadly passed away in 1968 and was housekeeper to the Bishop of Durham.

She has always been involved with the church and played the organ, firstly at St Mary’s and then St Edmunds church up until she was 85.

Alexandra House is a purpose built home that provides care for up to 40 elderly residents with dementia. The home has 40 single en-suit bedrooms and gardens for residents and their visitors to enjoy.

Alexandra House care home is part of Akari Care and aims to maintain lifestyles as similar as possible to those enjoyed at home, with an extensive range of activities which individuals can enjoy and benefit from.

Shirley Summerbell, Manager at Alexandra House, said: “Everyone really enjoyed the party for Betty’s birthday and it was fantastic to see her surrounded by her family and friends. Music has always played a big part in Betty’s life and she still enjoys a good singsong, so we made sure that we all joined in with Betty’s singing to celebrate her turning 100.”

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