Ada and her family

Suffolk Lodge help Ada celebrate a milestone birthday!

Ada, who likes to be known as Tods, celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by love, laughter, and the warmth of her friends and family. Ada lives at Suffolk Lodge, a Wokingham care home run by Optalis. Lisa Rogers, Activities Coordinator at Suffolk Lodge had an idea to mark this incredible milestone: calling upon the community to help Tods receive 100 birthday cards for her 100 years of life.

Tods' loved ones and the care team, pulled out all the stops to make it an unforgettable celebration. Decorations included a photo display of Tods throughout the years. Local band Arck, including Tods' son-in-law among its members, played songs for everyone to enjoy.

The support from the community has been overwhelming, with many sending in birthday cards, helping to reach the goal of 100 cards for Tod's special day. Tods had received over 140 well wishes from friends and family, but also local schools and nurseries who wanted to congratulate her on reaching this milestone. More cards were arriving during her celebrations, including a very special card from the King and Queen.

Tods concluded her celebrations with a delicious birthday cake and everyone toasting the special lady on her special day. Happy 100th birthday Tods!

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