Avondene care home resident Florence Butler celebrates 107th birthday
A CHRISTCHURCH care home resident recovered from the coronavirus to celebrate her 107th birthday.
Florence Butler – known as Jenny – was joined by residents and staff at Avondene Care Home as well as her son Ray (85) for the occasion on 6th August.
Staff ensured it was a day to remember with balloons, a cake and presents including flowers, toiletries, socks and a blanket. They also decorated the door to her bedroom with banners.
A spokesperson for the home said: “Jenny is a wonderful woman with a great sense of humour. She was overwhelmed with the amount of presents and seemed very thankful to everyone for making her birthday special.
“She had a lovely day, kept thanking the staff for all they had done, as well as saying how lovely they all were.”
Jenny has lived at the home, which is owned by Christchurch Housing Society, for over two years, having moved from a flat also owned by the society.
She enjoys knitting, crosswords and watching motor racing on television. She is also partial to a glass of cherry brandy.
After catching and recovering from Covid-19, Jenny was recently reconnected with her son Ray after the lockdowns. several periods of lockdown meant they could not meet.
Manager Melanie Parrett said: “Just because you live in a care home it does not mean your quality of life changes, as Jenny has shown us.
“At Avondene and especially after the last year, we are seizing every opportunity to celebrate birthdays in style.”