The team at Hambleton Grange care home in Thirsk have helped Jean Smith to celebrate her milestone 100th birthday party in style by combining her two favourite things: afternoon tea and Frank Sinatra’s greatest hits!
Jean was overwhelmed with deliveries of flowers, balloons, presents and cards including a special telegram from the Queen which filled her room as she enjoyed Facetime calls with family and friends. Jean was also delighted to have a socially distanced visit from her daughter. The pair spent time catching up and Jean received a bottle of her favourite Chanel Number 5, an iconic perfume which is also celebrating its 100th birthday this year.
Jean’s two-year-old great grandson sent a heart-warming video birthday message, where he sang happy birthday to his grandma. The care team at Hambleton Grange said, ‘There was not a dry eye in the house’.
To mark the occasion, the team organised a high tea for Jean and her friends who live at the Station Road home including sandwiches and freshly made cream scones. The group later enjoyed a specially planned Frank Sinatra concert in the homes cinema room listening to hit tracks such as ‘New York, New York’ and ‘That’s Life’.
Jean, who said she doesn’t feel a day over 21, said, ‘I am very appreciative for the staff putting this party together and making me feel so special. I feel blessed to have made it to my 100th birthday – It really was a day to remember’.
Home Manager, Nikki Higgins, said, ‘It is incredibly important to us to make sure each resident feels special on their birthday and turning 100 is extremely special! I am very pleased to see how much Jean has enjoyed her high tea and Frank Sinatra singalong– I think it is wonderful our team were able to make her so memorable’.
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