Viera Gray House resident celebrates 100th birthday with help from community

Viera Gray House

Jean Mackay, a resident at Viera Gray House, celebrated her 100th birthday in style last month, receiving an outpouring of birthday cards and wishes from the local Barnes community.

Jean has lived at the Greensleeves Care home for sixteen years, first moving to the home from the local area in 2006. Throughout her sixteen years at the home, Jean has formed close friendships with her fellow residents as well as team members, several of whom have been there since the beginning.

Home Manager, Eleanor Watson-West, reached out to the local community via Facebook ahead of the big day to share the news and to let people know they were welcome to send birthday cards to mark the occasion.

The community spirit is high in Barnes, as Jean received cards from people all over the local area, including local businesses and schools as well as cards from residents across other Greensleeves Care homes. Of course, Jean also received her card from Her Majesty the Queen, made extra special due to it being the year of the Platinum Jubilee.

Jean was thoroughly spoiled by the team at Viera Gray House, who gifted her a vintage 1950s dress similar to those Jean remembers wearing to dances as a young woman.

Jean spent the day celebrating with her loving family, friends, fellow residents and staff, with a special performance from Graham, a local music therapist and friend to the home. Jean was also presented with a birthday crown and a special personalised cake made by the home’s catering team.

Eleanor Watson-West, Home Manager, said:

“It was an honour to celebrate this milestone with Jean. She is a pillar of the home: well-loved by the team and fellow residents alike, so we were all delighted to be a part of her big day. We are so grateful to the members of the local community who helped us to make Jean’s birthday a day to remember!”