With visiting restrictions in place, staff members at Linden House Care Home in Epsom were determined to celebrate one of their resident’s 100th birthdays in style.
To celebrate her landmark day, staff organised a socially-distant party for resident Hilda May Lake. This included party games, snacks and – of course – plenty of birthday cake! As part of the celebrations, Hilda also enjoyed a performance from a local entertainer in the home’s garden. He sang some of her favourite songs from throughout her life.
However, we also know that celebrating a centenary requires something extra-special, and although Hilda received lots of birthday cards and presents from her friends and family, none could compare to the official birthday card she received from Her Majesty the Queen, which acknowledged her special day.
Shortly after being born in London in July 1920, Hilda moved to Luton, Bedfordshire, where she spent most of her childhood. In Luton, Hilda worked as a personnel officer before getting married. During her marriage, Hilda had a son before her husband, unfortunately, passed away in 1960.
Her son, Brian Lake, is usually a regular visitor at the care home in Epsom. Thanks to our safe outside visiting arrangements, Brian was able to visit her in Linden House’s garden on the day to join in the celebrations from a safe distance.
Brian said: “I’m delighted I was able to enjoy this special day with my mum. She is a very caring person and I was very proud to celebrate this milestone with her.”
Speaking about her special day, Hilda said: “I had an amazing day. The party was wonderful and the entertainer put on a great show. The staff certainly made me feel very special.”
On behalf of everyone at Linden House, we hope you had a wonderful day, Hilda!
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