Joan, one of Savernake’s View Care Home’s residents has just marked her 103rd birthday with champagne and flowers.
Born in Hampstead, Joan started as a telephonist and worked hard to gain her diploma to become a medical social worker. She did this for 30 years and worked primarily at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Middlesex. Joan even spent time in China and Russia during her career to see how they performed medicine. She also came 157th in a ranking of the top IQs in the country and for this she won a Mensa award, then going on to win another Mensa award for her incredible scrabble scores and techniques. Joan moved to Wiltshire around 20 years ago and loves this part of the countryside – especially Marlborough.
To mark this special occasion, Savernake View team members bought Joan her favourite champagne and a bouquet of flowers. Joan and the team toasted to Joan’s son, who used to buy her Taittinger champagne every birthday. Client Services Manager Kelly Smith said: ‘Joan has so many flowers in her room today that it smells like a florist’s shop in there. It is full of bright, brilliant colours and an array of cards from her loved ones.’
Chefs at Savernake View, which is on Salisbury Road, baked Joan her favourite lemon sponge cake to mark the occasion. After blowing out her candles, Joan said: ‘Here’s to 104.’
Savernake View Care Home, which is part of Porthaven Homes, opened in 2016 and provides 24-hour dementia, nursing, residential and respite care for the people of Marlborough and the wider Wiltshire community.