Windmill House care home celebrates Yvonne’s remarkable 103rd birthday
Windmill Care Home in Wymondham was filled with joy and laughter in October, as residents, staff, family, and friends gathered to celebrate the extraordinary 103rd birthday of Yvonne Davidson, a vibrant soul with an incredible zest for life.
The day began with a heartwarming rendition of 'Happy Birthday,' sung by the dedicated team at Windmill Care Home and Yvonne's loving family, including her daughter Liz and granddaughter Cara. Amongst the celebrations, a Shetland pony, accompanied by his owner Ali Stern, brought an extra sprinkle of joy to Yvonne. As someone who worked diligently on the land during the war and cherished animals, Yvonne's face lit up with delight at the sight of the pony.
Later in the day, Yvonne received a delightful surprise when Head Mistress Helen and pupils from the neighbouring Browick Road Infant School, braved the storm to send her birthday wishes. Their efforts to converse in French, a nod to Yvonne's heritage, added a touch of international flair.
The highlight of the celebration was Yvonne's disco-style party, a dream she had harbored for her 103rd birthday. Dressed in a stunning navy-blue two-piece outfit adorned with sparkles, Yvonne danced, surrounded by family and friends. Windmill House was overwhelmed by the response from the community, with a flood of birthday cards pouring in to mark this momentous occasion.
To make the day extra special, Yvonne was presented with not one but two cakes, complete with candles. Surrounded by loved ones, she opened her cards and gifts, embracing the warmth and affection of the community she holds dear.
Yvonne took a moment to express her gratitude, taking the microphone to thank everyone for making her birthday so incredibly special.
Born on October 22, 1920 in India on the North West Frontier. Yvonne's early years were a mixture of living with her aunt in Normandy and living with her family in India, however her first language has always been French. Growing up amidst diverse cultures, Yvonne often reminisces about her adventures with her family, quoting: "Always lived following the gun!". Her mother, Dilly, was born in France and Yvonne spent many cherished moments with her French grandparents in the idyllic countryside of France.
During World War II, Yvonne joined the Land Army, where she was stationed in Devonshire. Despite the challenges, she embraced the demanding work, even rising before the sun to milk the cows. "I love animals," she fondly recalls, a sentiment evident in her bright eyes whenever in the company of furry friends.
Yvonne met and married 'Mac,' a farmer, and together they embarked on a fulfilling journey. They moved from Devon to Norfolk, where they fulfilled their shared dream of owning a farm. Yvonne often reflects, "I followed my dream for 20 years” reminiscing about the fulfilment that came from nurturing the land and its creatures.
Yvonne and Mac were blessed with three children: Liz, Susan, and John, the latter sadly no longer with them. Susan now resides in America. Yvonne, a proud great-grandmother, adores her eight great-grandchildren, finding immense joy in their playful laughter and curiosity.
Fran Annis, Wellbeing Lead at Windmill House care home, said: "It’s a real privilege to be able to fulfill Yvonne's wishes of how she would like to celebrate her amazing achievement of reaching 103 years young! Yvonne has led an incredible life speaking 3 languages and has such a zest for life. In fact, upon saying goodnight to Yvonne after her full day of celebrations, thinking Yvonne would be tired, quite the opposite - sitting up knitting, [she’s] an incredible generation!".
For more information on Windmill House, please visit: https://www.runwoodhomes.co.uk/care-homes/care-homes-norfolk/windmill-house
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