101-year-old Hemel Hempstead resident Pip Peek has become the eldest Beaver Scout in Britain after her lifelong wish was granted by the 2nd Hemel Hempstead (Grovehill) Beavers during their visit to St Pauls Care Centre last month.
Pip expressed her wish to staff at St Pauls Care Centre, telling them: “I wish I could be a beaver but I’m too old.”
The staff at St Pauls Care Centre spoke to the leader of the Beaver Scout Group and arranged for Pip to become an honorary member.
The Hemel Hempstead Beavers, aged between six and eight years old, visited Pip and presented her with a yellow neckerchief and a full group salute, welcoming her to the crew in true Beaver style.
Pip was over the moon, telling the Beavers: “I can’t believe my wish has come true. You’re all so lovely, how wonderful!”
During the visit, the Beavers also interacted with residents by singing them songs, chatting to them, and handing out cards and presents.
Beth Marchant-Roe, head of Activities at St Pauls Care Centre, said: “The Beavers bring so much energy to the home and it is infectious, they encourage the residents to break out of their shells by singing, chatting and even exercising with them.
“Our residents with dementia really enjoy the reminiscence they get from talking about their family and children, it’s always lovely to see.”
Tyla, the Beavers Group Leader, said: “It was great seeing the children ask questions about the home and the residents, and the regular visits have seen the children become more inquisitive.”
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