Friends and family help Exmouth woman celebrate

PUBLISHED: 12:30 15 May 2017

Thea had a special party organised for her to celebrate her turning 100

Thea had a special party organised for her to celebrate her turning 100


Friends and family of a ‘dearly loved’ woman celebrating her 100th birthday organised a surprise party in her hospital ward.

A party had been arranged at Manor Lodge Residential Home for resident Dorothea May, who was turning 100.

Shortly before the landmark birthday, ‘Thea’ was admitted to Wonford Hospital and staff were unsure whether she would be out in time.

Thea’s friends and family then arranged to bring the party to her bedside, including a visit from Exmouth deputy mayor Jeff Trail and town crier Roger Bourgein. She also received cards from The Queen and Exmouth Town Council.

She died just two weeks after celebrating her birthday.

Manor Lodge owner Gina Kerler-Lovegrove said: “Thea had been at Manor Lodge for over 10 years and we could not let her special day go without some recognition of her reaching this wonderful achievement.

“This was a great surprise for Thea, who thoroughly enjoyed her day surrounded by her family, friends the other patients on the ward.

“Thea was a wonderful lady, charming, bright and dearly loved by her family, friends and all those at Manor Lodge.”

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