Herald Lodge, which is operated by Ideal Carehomes, celebrated a milestone birthday for a special lady hosting a birthday party in her honour. Mabel Williamson, who could be Coventry’s oldest resident, turned 103 on 6 February and enjoyed celebrating with her family and friends at the home. Mabel had a whole day of celebrations, enjoying a party and entertainment after staff had decorated the home with balloons and banners in her honour. She shared her party with three other residents including Thelma Simms who turned 86 years old.
Herald Lodge is located in Coventry and offers residential and dementia care to 42 local older people. Home Manager, Jean Simpson, said “Everyone here at Herald Lodge had a great time celebrating Mabel’s 103rd birthday. There is always something going on at the home but all the residents love a birthday party! Mabel is a real character and is really popular here with both staff and other residents. She had a great time and enjoyed spending time with her friends and family.”
Mabel was born in Warwickshire in 1913 – the last ‘golden year’ before the horrors of the First World War. Mabel was the youngest of three children and her family managed a local sweet shop. At the start of the Second World War, Mabel moved to work at the Coventry Gauge and Small Tool factory which is where she met her husband, Bert. They married in August 1946, shortly after the end of the Second World War, and moved to their first house in Dunchurch Highway, where they spent their married life. Bert and Mabel had one daughter, Susan, in December 1949. Once Susan was at secondary school, Mabel took a part time position at Suttons Bakery which she thoroughly enjoyed. Mabel is very creative and a dab hand at dress making, even having the pleasure of making her daughter’s wedding dress. Mabel attributes her long life to being healthy and happy, she said “I have always looked after myself, never really been a drinker or a smoker. It’s about being good to yourself and being happy!”
Through a varied programme of activities, highly nutritious food and inspirational spaces, Herald Lodge provides residents with person-centred care, creating aspirational lifestyle choices. The staff at Herald Lodge like to keep residents busy with the many activities arranged on a daily basis, and they are already looking forward to making arrangements for Mabel’s 104th birthday!