Accrington care home resident Evelyn Corris enjoyed a landmark birthday full of surprises at Hope House.

Evelyn, who lives at the care home in Clayton-le-Moors celebrated her 100th birthday with a surprise performance from a socially distanced singer standing outside in the home’s garden. Evelyn also received a card from the Queen, which she was very excited about!

Now that coronavirus restrictions have eased slightly, and we can welcome a nominated visitor for each resident into the home, Evelyn was able to spend some quality time with her son, Derek Corris.

A ‘fabulous and caring mother’, as described by her son Derek and daughter Jean, Evelyn is a big personality at Hope House and is always keen to participate in the wide variety of activities on offer. Evelyn’s family is very important to her and is a large family; her wider family includes four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

A Wonderful Time Spent Celebrating

Evelyn said: “I’ve had such a wonderful time celebrating with my friends at Hope House. This year was very different as I was unable to see lots of my family like I had hoped, but I was certainly spoilt by all the wonderful staff here who planned a fantastic singing performance just for me.

“I put my long life down to walking as much as possible and eating healthily. I also love spending a lot of time with my family making memories, something that definitely keeps me going!”

Cathy Yates, home manager at the Accrington care home, said: “Evelyn always has a kind word for everyone, and she is a valued member of our Hope House family.

“Evelyn had been looking forward to finally getting her 100th birthday card from the Queen and enjoyed being a deserved centre of attention. All our staff ensured she had the best birthday possible, even inviting a singer to perform just for her from the garden. The sun came out for her party, and she didn’t stop smiling all day!”

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