A birthday message for the Queen marked the start of a day of celebrations for a resident at a care home in Pinner last month as she celebrated her 105th birthday.
Dorothy Laurent lives at the Abbotsford Care Home for the Elderly on Moss Lane. Staff, residents, family members and Kareema Marikar, the Mayor of Harrow, joined in the celebrations.
Karen Spanswick-Smith is the manager/owner of the family-owned and run business.
She said the day was very memorable.
Karen commented: “Her family were there and the mayor came before lunch. We all had a glass of fizz. All the residents came down. They were very excited that she had reached such a wonderful age. She was born before the beginning of the First World War.”
Karen revealed that Dorothy knew nothing about the celebrations – but the birthday girl loved every minute.
She said: “As usual Dorothy took it all in her gracious stride. She was totally unfazed by it all and she always loves a party.”
After the mayor had visited and the residents enjoyed lunch, a tea party was held in Dorothy’s honour when further members of Dorothy’s family arrived. A pianist was also on hand to entertain partygoers.
Karen the day was very memorable.
She added: “It was absolutely lovely and everyone joined in. All the staff and residents signed a giant card for her and she got loads of pressies. Dorothy is marvellous and really enjoyed herself. She was full of her usual jokes and humour and is a real character.”
Picture courtesy of Peter Dale