Bill Jameson is a resident at Defoe Court Care Home. He and his wife Gina have been married for 18 years and Bill always celebrated his wife’s birthday with a big surprise. When the staff at Defoe found out about this, they got together with Bill to organise a birthday for his wife to remember.

Val, the Wellbeing Co-Ordinator, took Bill out shopping for Gina’s presents and decorations, which the team then used to decorate Bill’s room. Bill struggles with his speech but wanted to surprise Gina by singing ‘happy birthday’ to her. With the help of Toni and her ukulele, they practiced until he was word perfect.

As Gina turned up at the home, Toni began playing the ukulele and Bill sang ‘happy birthday’ to his wife perfectly. Gina was overwhelmed and there wasn’t a dry eye anywhere. They opened presents together before being whisked away to a beautiful garden centre Tea Room in Northallerton, where they enjoyed an all-expenses paid afternoon tea from everyone at Defoe Court.

Gina said: “I can’t thank the staff enough for the love they have shown Bill and I, and the support they have given to help Bill celebrate the most perfect birthday, just like we used to.”

Defoe Court’s Home Manager, Sarah Todd commented: “It was lovely to see Bill and Gina together; they are the most amazing couple. The love and support all the staff show the Residents at Defoe Court is heart-warming. They go above and beyond every single day, I am so proud of my team.”

Defoe Court is celebrating achieving a 9.8 average rating on the sector’s leading care home comparison website The high rating puts HC-One homes into the very best company in the care home sector, committed to providing kind care to Residents.

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