A resident at White Rose care home in New Tredegar has celebrated her 105th birthday with her son, friends and staff due to lockdown restrictions.
Nellie Dando enjoyed a socially distanced party with fellow residents and staff, which included a cake and a card from the Queen.
Nellie is a New Tredegar native, who moved to London as a teenager and returned home when she was older to care for her grandmother. She has two sons, Ivor who lives in Australia and Kenneth who moved into White Rose in March this year.
Nellie loves knitting and spends most of her day stitching and purling. She also loves singing along to music during activity afternoon sessions.
She has lived at the home since December 2019 and enjoyed a birthday celebration with a buffet and a tipple.
Staff worked hard to make the day special because the rest of Nellie’s family were unable to visit due to the current restrictions in place in Wales.
Nellie said: “I had a lovely time celebrating my birthday at White Rose with the lovely staff and my friends. Although I’m no spring chicken, I’m always up for a party and some cake. It was fantastic!”
Jayne Coburn, home manager at White Rose, said: “Nellie is a remarkable lady of 105. To have all your faculties and able to walk around is amazing at this age. It is lovely that Nellie and Kenneth can be together.
“We know it’s not ideal to have a birthday during the lockdown, but we tried to make it as special as possible for her. I hope she enjoyed celebrating at the home as much as we did.”
Nellie’s son, Kenneth, 83, said: “It was a very nice day. Mum really enjoyed it. It’s very good here and we’d like to thank the staff for being so kind to us.”
White Rose forms part of Larchwood Care and is managed by Healthcare Management Solutions. The care home is currently rated ‘Compliant’ by the Care Inspectorate Wales. Across the Larchwood portfolio, the regulator ratings reflect the exceptionally high standards of care given and the drive of every team member to continually improve the care they give