Published: Wednesday 1st June 2016
Hambleton Grange care home in Thirsk hosted a party for a special resident who turned 100 years old this week. Edna Frost enjoyed a race themed afternoon with her family and friends at the home which overlooks Thirsk Racecourse. A member of the Hambleton Grange care staff even brought her own horse to the home to top off the race theme.
The home sourced a horse racing DVD which included replica money for residents and guests to place bets, to give a genuine race experience.
Everyone who attended had the option to either wear their best race outfit or dress up as a jockey. Residents at Hambleton Grange were really excited about the celebrations and staff decorated the home and provided a buffet and cake for everyone. With it being a very special occasion, the home had provided Bucks Fizz for everyone, but Edna preferred to celebrate with a nice cup of tea!
Ideal Carehomes Regional Director, Amanda Richardson, said'Everyone had a great day celebrating Edna's birthday. We all love a party and the race theme is something for everyone to get involved in and enjoy - especially with the home being opposite the racecourse!'
Edna was born in Strensall in the middle of the First World War as the eldest of three daughters. She was educated at Strensall School and regularly attended the Methodist Chapel there. After leaving school, Edna went straight into service, first at Ampleforth and then at Strensall where she stayed until her retirement. Edna married Reg Frost and they set up home in Clifton where she lived up until the last 18 months, when she moved to Hambleton Grange.
Edna had a happy marriage and remembers long walks on Clifton Ings with their Airedale dogs who were always named Jack. Sadly, Reg died after 63 years of marriage. Edna moved to Hambleton Grange in August 2014 and her favourite pastime is a good jigsaw, and she also loves to welcome her friends and family to her home. She is a family orientated lady who enjoyed cooking, embroidery and rug making. Edna says her recipe for a long life is to work hard and have plenty of good home cooking!