A resident at Fareham-based care home Cams Ridge has received a heartwarming amount of birthday cards thanks to a social media appeal.
Ivy Kingswell, a resident of the home on Charlemont Drive, recently turned 105. To help her celebrate during visiting restrictions, her family took to social media to ask kind-hearted members of the public to send Ivy a birthday card. The initial hope was to get 105 cards sent to the home.
Unexpectedly, the post went viral, and was even shared by celebrities such as Arlene Phillips and Keith Lemon! So far, the target of 105 birthday cards has been smashed, with the current total standing at 389. Ivy has received cards from all over the globe, including places like America and the Netherlands. Among the handmade cards and messages of goodwill was a card from a 7-year-old girl who not only shares the same birthday as our Ivy but also shares her name!
Young at Heart
Ivy has one daughter, two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and five great, great-grandchildren. Ivy trained as a Norland Nannie, looking after high-ranking officials’ children. She also worked in Sainsbury’s Fareham before they discovered she should have retired five years earlier!
Michelle Shann, home manager at Cams Ridge, said: “When Ivy’s family told us about her going viral on social media, we couldn’t quite believe it! Turning 105 is such a special occasion so we made sure that we did everything we could to ensure Ivy celebrated in style.”
“We celebrated with a socially distanced house party and her family joined in on FaceTime. Hopefully, Ivy will receive lots more wonderful cards and we will be able to spend time reading them together at Cams Ridge.”