Sunrise of Solihull resident, Ron Catton turned 99 on Wednesday 22nd May. He was treated to a special surprise celebration with the team, his family and friends and local children from the Mad Hatters Day Nursery.
The Mad Hatters Day Nursery children visit Sunrise of Solihull every Wednesday for intergenerational activities and they have formed new friendships with residents. Sessions include arts and crafts, sing-alongs and board-games.
There was a scrumptious birthday cake, made specially by Sunrise’s dining team and everyone played pass the parcel together.
Before moving to Sunrise of Solihull seven years ago, Ron worked in the printing industry. He was also a beekeeper and spent seven years in the armed forces. Ron used to enjoy horse-riding and loved playing badminton. He is currently writing his own autobiography.
Ron has a wonderful family – a son, daughter, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and his secret for living to 99 is to keep fit and stay active.
Jo Hopkins, Director of Community Relations, said:
“Ron is a much-loved resident and it was just wonderful celebrating his 99th birthday. He has such a special and close bond with the little children – it was just fitting having them here on the day. Ron told us that if he manages to make it to 100 that he would very much like to have a snooze on the day as he may need it. He has a great sense of humour. We at the community already have big plans for his 100th birthday and we are currently busy planning his book launch too!”