A special family visit was the icing on the cake for birthday girl Beryl, who lives at Shottermill House, Haslemere

On a hot summer's day, Beryl celebrated her 90th birthday sitting under the shady gazebo on the patio at Shottermill House. Her son Steve, the eldest of her four sons, was able to drop by to wish her many happy returns.

New guidelines from Government advise care homes that, where possible, visits should take place outside as a measure of protection against the spread of the coronavirus. At Shottermill House, this has meant making use of a patio area overlooked by a gently sloping lawn, where there is a conveniently located bench. Visitors can talk to their loved ones face-to-face, while ensuring a safe social distance is maintained.


Both Beryl and her son were delighted that the birthday visit could take place. Steve said, “Mum is so happy at Shottermill. It is beautiful the way she is treated. We would not want her to be anywhere else.”

Beryl said, “I love it here! They spoil me rotten.”

Beryl is registered blind and struggles with mobility. Recently, her family were able to buy her a special chair on wheels which has meant it is possible for her to come out onto the patio and enjoy the fresh air. As a birthday gift, she received a rose which will be planted in the garden in her honour where she can enjoy its scent.

Beryl first moved to Shottermill in May 2019. Andy, another of her sons, was Maintenance Officer at Shottermill until his retirement at Christmas. Mike Beere, Business Manager at the home said, “Andy knew his mother would love it here, and it is a delight to have Beryl with us.”

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