We recently celebrated a resident at Hill House turning 100 years old. This of course warranted a big celebration for her and for her family and friends.

As the lady is a member of the church and has been for many years we organised a special celebratory communion to be held in her honour, all of her friends were invited in to Hill House because she could not get to the church. Staff went to collect some of her friends because they had no other means of transport. This was a very nice surprise for the residents.

Hill House staff and residents celebrated with the resident’s family and a party was held. Different members of staff bought in items of food and drink for the party so there was no expense to the resident or family and it would not put all the extra preparations onto the catering staff. In all we catered for 120 people.

The newspapers were also involved and an article was published in the local paper and the church magazine of the resident’s card from the queen and with birthday cake.

The staff came up with the idea to create a birthday wishes memory book. The resident was astounded at how thoughtful everybody had been and now the book is one of her cherished possessions.

The resident commented what a lovely day she had. Family and friends complimented the staff for their welcome, arrangements which were made and the hospitality given by all staff.

Staff were very happy to go above and beyond what was required on the day to make it special for all concerned.

After the party we published all details in our bi-monthly newsletter. This was sent to friends and relatives who could not make the special day.