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Beaumont Hall’s Jessie Celebrates her 100th Birthday

Published: Tuesday 12th May 2020

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Jessie Grocock has celebrated her milestone 100th birthday at Beaumont Hall care home in Leicester. Staff gave Jessie a very special birthday despite original party plans being cancelled due to the coronavirus isolation guidelines.
Deliveries of flowers, balloons, presents and cards including a special card from the Queen filled Jessie’s room as she enjoyed Facetime calls with her daughter and later with her son and grandchildren who live in Holland. Staff sang ‘happy birthday’ to Jessie and presented her with a freshly baked cake decorated with Jessie’s favourite fruit: strawberries.  
Jessie was born in 1920 and grew up in Leicester with her parents Florence and Tom Boulton.  Jessie  has fond memories of her childhood: she attended Narborough Road school but left at a young age to work as a waitress with her best friend, Nancy. During the war, both friends traded their waitressing roles for jobs at the ammunitions factory.
Jessie met her future Husband Les Grocock in her teens.  The pair fell in love and at the young age of 19 Jessie and Les tied the knot at Holy Apostles Church on 28th December 1940. The couple spent many happy years together, enjoying holidays abroad including cruises and trips around Europe. Jessie and Les share three children, eight grand-children and three great-grandchildren.
Jessie was a passionate seamstress in her free time and would enjoy making clothes for her children, even designing and making her daughters’ wedding dresses. Jessie believes spending time with family is incredibly important and some of her favourite memories are of holidays they enjoyed together. Jessie said, ‘We often travelled to  Gorleston for two weeks during the summer, it was my favourite holiday spot and will always be a place I hold dear to my heart’.
Jessie, who has lived at Beaumont Hall care home since 2017, believes the secret to a long life is to not drink in excess and to live a healthy lifestyle. When asked by the care team if she inherited her longevity genes from her father, Jessie said, ‘No, my father never wore jeans!’.
‘I would like to thank the fantastic staff at Beaumont Hall for making my birthday so special even though I couldn’t spend it with my friends and family as we had originally planned. The staff here treat me like family, I couldn’t ask for anything more’.
Lifestyle Manager, Emma Hudson-Beaver, said, ‘Jessie is a wonderful lady and I am so pleased we could help her celebrate this milestone birthday! We always make sure our residents feel special on their birthdays and the Coronavirus won’t stop us!’.
Home Manager, Deborah Crawford, said, ‘We have had a great day celebrating Jessie’s birthday, it has been lovely to spoil her and to see her speak with her family over Facetime. We know how much Jessie is looking forward to seeing her loved ones and we will ensure she celebrates in style with them as soon as she can’.
Beaumont Hall is operated by Ideal Carehomes and is proud to be rated as ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission. Residents at Beaumont Hall enjoy a full programme of health, leisure and well being activities managed by a dedicated team of carers. All 60 bedrooms are en-suite, enabling staff deliver person-centred care in a dignified manner, promoting independence as far as possible. For more information about Beaumont Hall, Contact Home Manager, Deborah Crawford on 0116 232 3291 or click here.