When Warwickshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service heard that Betty, a Warwickshire resident was about to turn 100, but her birthday party had been cancelled due to the pandemic, they knew they had to do something to help her mark the big day.
The call to help Betty celebrate her birthday came following a phone call from the Fire Prevention Team, who have been calling residents who have recently had a safe and well visit. The idea behind the calls are to see how our more vulnerable residents are doing and to see if they need any help or support. When on the call to one of our officers, Betty mentioned that she would appreciate a food parcel which our crews have been delivering. She also mentioned that it was her birthday on Monday and had to cancel her party because of the pandemic, which she was understandably quite upset about.
Following the call, the team stepped into action and decided to help Betty mark this very special occasion with a real community spirit and a birthday surprise. It wasn’t hard to get together with our colleagues from Warwickshire Police who were really keen to join us and even organised a singer to come long and sing with the crew and EdibleLinks who kindly agreed to donate a food parcel to help bring the 100th birthday surprise together.
Whilst on the call Betty also mentioned that she had two children who lived in Hong Kong who were going to miss out on helping her celebrate her big day. So again, the challenge was set for the team to get in touch with her children and let them in on the secret of the surprise sing along and invited them to the celebrations virtually.
Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Services Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Ben Brook said:
“We know the lockdown has been difficult for many, especially those who are elderly or vulnerable and we know how hard it can be for those people who haven’t been able to see their loved ones or friends. But to turn 100 without being able to mark the occasion in some way, was not something we could let happen. So, what better way to mark Betty’s day, than to show some real community spirit with our blue light colleagues our partners and the local community to give Betty the birthday celebrations she deserves.
“It was a real honour to be able to meet Betty, she is a fantastic lady. From all of us here at Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service, Warwickshire Police and the local community, we wish Betty a very happy 100th birthday and hope that in these difficult times that we have in some way brought a little joy to her day.”
As part of the celebrations Betty was presented with a card, flowers and cake, all whilst social distancing of course. From the smiles when everyone arrived to sing happy birthday, we think Betty enjoyed the visit.