Yorkshire Times
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6:22 PM 1st April 2021

Smiles All Round At Hambleton Grange For Jean’s Milestone 100th Birthday!

Jean celebrated her birthday with her friends and staff at Hambleton Grange
Jean celebrated her birthday with her friends and staff at Hambleton Grange
The team at Hambleton Grange care home in Thirsk have helped Jean Smith to celebrate her milestone 100th birthday party in style by combining her two favourite things: afternoon tea and Frank Sinatra’s greatest hits!

Jean was overwhelmed with deliveries of flowers, balloons, presents and cards including a special telegram from the Queen which filled her room as she enjoyed Facetime calls with family and friends. Jean was also delighted to have a socially distanced visit from her daughter. The pair spent time catching up and Jean received a bottle of her favourite Chanel Number 5, an iconic perfume which is also celebrating its 100th birthday this year.

Jean’s two-year-old great grandson sent a heart-warming video birthday message, where he sang happy birthday to his grandma.

The care team at Hambleton Grange said,
‘There was not a dry eye in the house’.

To mark the occasion, the team organised a high tea for Jean and her friends who live at the Station Road home including sandwiches and freshly made cream scones. The group later enjoyed a specially planned Frank Sinatra concert in the homes cinema room listening to hit tracks such as ‘New York, New York’ and ‘That’s Life’.

Jean, who said she doesn’t feel a day over 21, said,
‘I am very appreciative for the staff putting this party together and making me feel so special. I feel blessed to have made it to my 100th birthday - It really was a day to remember’.

Home Manager, Nikki Higgins, said,
‘It is incredibly important to us to make sure each resident feels special on their birthday and turning 100 is extremely special! I am very pleased to see how much Jean has enjoyed her high tea and Frank Sinatra singalong– I think it is wonderful our team were able to make her so memorable’.

Hambleton Grange, operated by Ideal Carehomes, is a residential and dementia care home where residents and staff have recently received their second dose of the Covid-19 vaccination. The home is currently welcoming new residents for short and long term placements and loved ones are able to visit in dedicated Covid-safe social rooms (subject to current guidelines). Hambleton Grange is rated as ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission.

For more information about Hambleton Grange, contact Nikki on 01845 523 837 or visit