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Surrey woman spends 100th birthday video calling family during coronavirus outbreak

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Surrey woman spends 100th birthday video calling family during coronavirus outbreak

Published by Grace Mcgachy at 6:03am 2nd April 2020. (Updated at 6:07am 2nd April 2020)

Thanks to modern technology this Surrey care home resident was able to spend her 100th birthday with her family during the coronavirus outbreak. 

Joan Blacker from Hindhead still managed to enjoy herself on her birthday (31 March), despite the social distancing measures, by video-calling her loved ones. 

Joan had lots of people to chat to - with three sons, 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Family were calling her throughout the day, including a great-grandchild who lives in Switzerland. 

Joan also received dozens of cards, gifts and flowers with all of the home’s carers signing a card for her.

Charlie Hoare, Director of the Huntington & Langham Estate where Joan lives, says modern technology made a huge difference for her milestone birthday:

“On the one hand, it’s a great shame that Mrs Blacker happened to turn 100 during an unprecedented health crisis.

"However, thanks to technology, all was by no means lost! Using FaceTime, we were able to connect Mrs Blacker with her family throughout the day, helping her to feel suitably special despite the current restrictions in place.

“Mrs Blacker was thrilled with the experience and so were we. It’s not every day you celebrate a birthday via FaceTime, let alone a hundredth birthday!

"With people across the world currently undertaking social distancing, it was wonderful to be able to spread a little happiness, especially given it was such a milestone occasion.”