Our resident John recently celebrated his birthday on February 2nd, and staff gave him a wonderful surprise. 

John’s train themed birthday cake.

It’s really important to us that we get to know our residents well and understand their likes and dislikes, which is how our staff managed to bring tears to John’s eyes with their special gift. 

John receiving a brand new copy of his favourite book.

John had told our staff group about the favourite book he has ever read, Beyond the Black Stump

John told us he hadn’t read it in years and would love to own it again – so our staff made sure to get him a beautiful copy for his special day. 

Just to make the day even more spectacular the home arranged for a custom birthday cake based on John’s own life.

John worked on the Bluebell Railway for many years, so staff made sure to get him his own locomotive themed cake.

We posted photographs of the cake on Twitter, and the Bluebell Railway’s official account wished John a happy birthday, which meant a lot to him. 

Gallery of John’s birthday celebrations: 

The smile never left John’s face on his Birthday after being surprised by staff.

Staff at Potton View surprised John with his birthday cake in the dining room.

Resident John was cheered by staff and residents alike as he blew out his birthday candles.

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