FRAN Cassidy, a resident of Bymead House in Charmouth, was overwhelmed with good wishes from the local community as she celebrated her 100th birthday.
With the care home still under lockdown restrictions, staff wanted to make Fran’s birthday as special as possible so they put out a request on Facebook asking people to send cards.
The birthday girl was overwhelmed with more than 150 cards arriving from the local community and all across the country.
In particular, Fran loved the handwritten birthday wishes from young children near and far, as well as a card from Her Majesty The Queen, who Fran said was her “favourite Queen”.
A spokesperson from Bymead House said: “We were all delighted and very touched at the involvement from our local community and particularly wanted to thank the West Bay Tea Rooms for their very generous donation of cream teas, and Sarah Causley of Causley Cabs for her delicious cakes.
“Fran celebrated the day with her fellow residents who all received an invitation to the afternoon party.
“Due to lockdown, Fran’s family were unable to visit in person, but they joined in the party through Skype. Fran was also able to FaceTime her great nephew, James Jordan, of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ fame!”
Bymead House always celebrates the birthdays of its residents in style but manager Amy Blacklock and activities co-ordinator Amy Vernon always go the extra mile for those reaching their centenary year.
To make the day that extra bit special for Fran and everyone involved, the sitting room at Bymead was filled with pink and gold balloons, streamers, and banners.
The care home’s cook, Lorna Gould, made a very 100th birthday cake in addition to an individual birthday cake so Fran could blow out the many candles safely.
All enjoyed the decorations, food, drink, and music and the day was topped off by toasting Fran with a glass of bubbly.