"Ive had such a wonderful time celebrating with the staff and my daughter at Westerham Place."
A resident at Westerham Place care home has marked her 100th birthday with a card from the Queen and a special visit from her nominated visitor, daughter Carolyn Guiness.
Joan Collier was joined by residents and staff at the Quebec Square home, in the landmark celebration – which included afternoon tea with her daughter. Everyone sang happy birthday with one member of staff even dancing the cancan for her!
In 1949, Joan married her husband, Jim, whom she was married to for 49 years before he sadly passed away in 1998. Joan’s career was as a civil servant in Southport.
Joan has two children, son Roger and daughter Carolyn, who both describe her as a loving mother. Her wider family includes two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Joan said: “I’ve had such a wonderful time celebrating with the staff and my daughter at Westerham Place. This year was very different as I was unable to see lots of my family like I had hoped. The best part was being able to hold my daughter’s hand. I also loved receiving the telegram from the Queen.”
“I put my long life down to my strong genes, but also, red wine! I also love spending a lot of time with my family making memories, something that definitely keeps me going!”
Claire Davis, home manager at Westerham Place, said: “Joan likes to join in with the activities within the home and is very friendly and chatty. She always has a kind word for everyone, and she is a valued member of our Westerham Place family.
“All our staff ensured she had the best birthday possible, and she was delighted to receive a visit from her daughter, Caroyln and it was especially lovely that she was able to hold her hand.”
Westerham Place forms part of Wren Retirement Living and is managed by Healthcare Management Solutions. The home is currently rated ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).