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Barbara, Rashida and Michelle smiling

Barbara Wilkins marked her 102nd birthday at Burnham-based care home, Lent Rise House, with a special tea party with her family, fellow residents and members of the team.

In a coincidental twist, Barbara shared her birthday with her key worker, Rashida Braimah, who turned 40 and activity coordinator Michelle Dean who celebrated her 60th birthday. Yet collectively they couldn’t trump her incredible milestone of 102!

Barbara was greeted with presents, flowers and cards and her room was decorated to mark the occasion. The chef also rustled up a special birthday cake for Barbara, who enjoyed celebrating with her daughter and son-in-law.

Having lived through wartime, Barbara has seen an incredible amount of change in her lifetime. She was born in Norfolk and worked as a nanny as well as being a stay-at-home-mum to her daughter. Barbara is now extremely proud to have two granddaughters and two great grandsons. She moved to Lent Rise House, run by local care provider and charity, The Fremantle Trust, three years ago.

Although she professes that there is no secret to reaching 102, she is a lady who is known for her kindness and her positive approach as she always lights the room up with her smile.

Commenting on the celebration, activity coordinator at Lent Rise House, Michelle Dean said:

It was a privilege for Rashida and I to share our birthdays with such a wonderful lady. Barbara is a much-loved member of our community here and we really enjoyed making a fuss of her on her special day.