For several weeks, collaborating closely with relatives, Market Lavington care home organised a small and safe birthday celebration for one of their residents, Joan Hawkins, who was turning a milestone one hundred years old.
Colleagues decorated a gazebo with balloons, all emblazoned with ‘100th birthday’ on them, and colourful bunting dressed the gazebo. Thankfully it was a lovely sunny day and Joan was delighted to see some of her family members. Everyone sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to her as the cake was brought out by head chef, Kim Tomes.
Joan also received a lovely card from the Queen (see picture), and a number of lovely presents, including chocolate truffles which she couldn’t wait to eat!
Joan loved that she was able to see some members of her family, although she did find a lot of humour in the fact that they were all wearing masks and so had to try to identify them by their voice alone.
“Thank you so much for what you did today. It was very kind,” Joan remarked, “The Queen must like me as I had a card from her for my sixtieth wedding anniversary too!”
Riaz Ali, Wellbeing Coordinator, commented, “It was so lovely, even during these difficult times, to be able to recognise and support someone to celebrate a very significant birthday!”