On Wednesday, 30th September, one of our residents celebrated her 100th birthday with a day of celebrations.
Residents and staff put on a party for the special centenarian by hosting a tea party and a live Zoom concert. The Home was decorated with balloons, banners and flowers. In total, she received around 500 birthday cards from local school children, care homes across the country, local businesses, the general public and one from The Queen.
And if that wasn’t enough, she also received more than 70 gifts – most of which were sent to her by complete strangers from the Facebook group ‘Random Acts of Kindness – Northamptonshire.’ Ahead of her birthday, Rachel, our deputy activities coordinator put out an appeal on Facebook. She wanted to make the resident’s birthday as special as possible and came up with the idea for the 100 birthday cards appeal, she said:
“Normally residents get to celebrate birthdays together with their families but because of the current situation, that was just not possible. It’s not everyday you turn 100, so I thought, how wonderful would it be if she could open 100 cards on her big day, and that’s where the idea for the 100 cards appeal came from. Then the cards (and presents) just came rolling in! THANK YOU so so much for everyone’s kindness and generosity – we have shared tears of happiness and I am still pinching myself in disbelief, and I’m sure our birthday girl is too!”
On behalf of everyone at The Angela Grace, we would like to say thank you to every single person who sent in a card and a gift. With special thanks to Kelly, who gave up her time to host a Zoom concert, The Random Acts of Kindness Northamptonshire Community and the admins, as well as Moore Cakes Please for the delicious cake and afternoon tea. And of course we cannot forget all the amazing children from Blisworth Primary, Kislingbury Primary, Sunnyside Primary, Hopping Hill Primary, Harpole Day Nursery, Sense Centre Rothwell – all of your cards and drawings are displayed in the Home.