19th Apr, 2021

Taste of Christmas to help Sylvia celebrate

Rob George 18th Mar, 2021

STAFF at an Evesham-based retirement village threw a resident a Christmas themed party to celebrate her 92nd birthday, as she was in hospital over the festive period.

Sylvia Kimberley loves Christmas, and after an unfortunate fall in December last year she spent the most wonderful time of the year in hospital.

Now back at Richmond Villages Wood Norton, where she has been a resident for five months and is celebrating reaching 92, staff at the village wanted to recreate Christmas for her special day.

The festivities included a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, staff dressed in novelty jumpers and Sylvia’s room was decorated with a Christmas tree complete with wrapped presents underneath.

Making her birthday extra special, staff also took Sylvia out onto the terrace where her family members were all waiting for her, sending their love and birthday cheers from the courtyard beneath.

Sylvia said: “I had a wonderful Christmassy day. I feel very loved and lucky to have such lovely people around me and would like to thank the brilliant team here at Richmond Villages for recreating Christmas for me and for making such a fuss.

“It also meant so much to be able to see all my family from the terrace, so we could all celebrate together.”

Head of activities Judith Lewis, added: “We had a lovely day celebrating Sylvia’s 92nd birthday and it was so rewarding to be able to provide such a special lady with a birthday to remember.

“The team and I were so disappointed when Sylvia had to spend Christmas in hospital as she was so looking forward to it, so we were all quite emotional that we were able to recreate it for her.

“To see her so happy meant the world.”

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