29 January 2019
Willow Gardens resident celebrates turning 100
Willow Gardens resident Vera Nicholson has celebrated her 100th birthday in style with family and a visit from the Yateley Town Mayor.
Vera enjoyed spectacular celebrations at Anchor’s Willow Garden care home on Tuesday 15 January.
The centenarian, who has been residing at the home since 2017, had previously spent nearly eight years living in Crowthorne.
Her son, Mike Nicholson, said: “She has been waiting 100 years for this day and it’s a very proud moment for me and the family.
“This morning we have been on Facetime to family who live in Australia, which she really enjoyed.
"It’s so lovely to see everyone here and there has been lots of cards, presents and celebrations”
As well as receiving a letter from The Queen, the Yateley Town Mayor joined residents in making the day special.
Mayor Tony Spencer said: “It’s a real pleasure to come along and celebrate Vera’s 100th birthday.
“What we have here today is a reunion of everyone coming together in the residential home to celebrate.”
Vera is the first resident in the home to reach the milestone age and is well-loved and respected by everyone.
Suzanne Steed, customer relations manager at Anchor’s Willow Garden said: “She is a really happy lady and she always has a beautiful smile across her face.”
“She is always up for anything and loves to sing along to music. She is also an avid lover of Strictly Come Dancing, which she watches every week here in the home.”
Vera was joined by the rest of the residents in the dinning room and later enjoyed a meal with her family, including grandchildren.
Mr Nicholson added: “Receiving her letter from The Queen was the special occasion of the day and she had a great big smile on her face when she received it.”
Happy Birthday Vera from everyone at Anchor!