Two very special birthdays were celebrated at Home Meadow care home in Toft, near Cambridge, on Monday 11th September.

Resident Mavis Coxall turned 103 and little Christian Liu, who visits the home every week with his ‘Little Owls’ childminders turned three.

Christian visits the home with four other toddlers as part of a project set up at the home in January this year. Their childminders, Nat Jackson and Amanda Strong base their group at Home Meadow every week so that the children can spend time playing and interacting with the residents.

Both birthdays were celebrated with specially made cakes and live music, and Mavis’ family from London came to the home to celebrate with her.

Mavis, originally from Derbyshire, moved to Home Meadow in May last year. She is profoundly deaf so staff at the home have been undertaking British Sign Language classes to help their communication with her. ‘Happy birthday’ was signed to her as fellow residents and staff marked the special day with Mavis and Christian.

Activities Coordinator Joe Ballard, who arranged the celebration said, “It was really lovely to be able to mark these birthdays which are a century apart.

“The children bring such a lovely energy to the home every week, which really benefits the residents, and to have a shared celebration like this really marked the success of the project and their place within the Home Meadow family.

“Mavis was able to enjoy her day with her family members and Christian had great fun with his friends, dancing and playing with the residents throughout the day.”