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Hinckley House, Hinckley, Leicestershire

104 Years Young!

Resident Vera Adams celebrated her 104th birthday with a fantastic afternoon at Hinckley House Care Home.

Vera’s special day began with a delivery of complimentary flowers from local Hinckley florist Blooming Lovely, which she said were “Amazing!”. Vera also opened a lovely card from Hinckley house which was signed by all the staff, as well as some Thornton’s chocolates, large balloons and a bottle of champagne. Vera was moved by everyone’s gifts especially the presents from her friends Jeff and Christine.

After opening her splendid cards and gift, Vera went out for a lovely birthday lunch with her friends before returning to a party Hinckley House had organised for her. The fantastic afternoon entertainment from Rob Wilson got everyone singing and dancing: he even serenaded Vera, who thoroughly enjoyed putting her dancing skills to the test, as seen below.

All the staff and residents sang in unison whilst a wonderful hand-made birthday cake, made by Hinckley House Chef Paul Platt, was presented to the birthday girl.

In the run up to her birthday Hinckley House shared a picture of Vera encouraging their Facebook followers to wish her a Happy Birthday.  The response on social media was fantastic, with the post receiving over 500 likes, 240 shares and nearly 400 comments!

After the celebration, the team at Hinckley House sat down with Vera to see how she found the day and ask her a few questions – here are her answers:

How have you found your day?

“It’s been a lovely day, made extra special by the staff at Hinckley House.  I never realised that my birthday would create such a huge response.  I feel thoroughly spoilt by everyone.”

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

“I’m from Beeston in Nottingham and I used to work for the City Council. I loved dancing from an early age and my parents sent me to a dance school where I was taught the Cha Cha Cha, Quick Step and the Waltz. I met my husband through dancing and he was a lovely dancer. We settled down to a very happy life together until he passed away. I then came to Hinckley House and I still get to talk to my friends on that TV thing.” (She meant Skyping on the iPad!)

Lastly, what is the secret to a long and happy life?

“A nice cup of tea!”

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Staff from Hinckley House (Left to Right): Kayleigh Murphy, Amy Rear, Sarah Royles, Eunice Loveridge and Paul Botham (Hinckley House Home Manager) help Vera Adams (third from left) celebrate her 104th birthday.

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