Hospital staff help patient celebrate 100th birthday

Doreen’s family joined the celebrations with staff on Ward 3 at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

James McKay
18 February 2020

Staff surprised Doreen with cake and balloons during her lunch.

Staff at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital (RBH) helped 100-year old Doreen Luker celebrate her special birthday in style on 12 February.

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To mark the occasion, staff from the ward surprised Doreen with cake and balloons during her lunch, as she received a birthday card and telegram from the Queen.

Doreen’s family joined the celebrations with staff on Ward 3, as she was presented with a cake, balloons, and her telegram.

Traditionally a telegram is sent by the Queen to congratulate everyone who celebrates their 100th birthday.

Discharge Co-ordinator Andrea Holloway, who organised the surprise celebrations, said: “Being in hospital over a birthday isn’t nice for anyone, but when it is such a special birthday we feel it is only right we celebrate.

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“The ward started a sing-song and there was so much noise and laughter coming from the bay.

They added; “Doreen is an amazing woman and was very pleased to have a fuss made of her.”

Doreen’s daughter Jennifer said it was “wonderful” the ward had made Doreen’s birthday one to remember, adding that staff had gone “above and beyond” to help her mother celebrate such a special milestone.

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