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St Katharine’s Centenarian – ‘Beryl’ Violet Stoter

One of our most caring residents at St Katharine’s Care Home, Beryl Stoter turned 100 yesterday on the 13th February 2020 – giving her the delightful title of a centenarian. Whilst we know better than to comment on a lady’s age, Beryl’s milestone is a moment we want to celebrate, and St Katharine’s done just that!

Ms Stoter joined the Gold Care family in summer 2016, taking residence at St Katharine’s Care Home in Wantage and has become a favourite resident of many of our staff members. Having spent her whole life in Wantage, Beryl has always been a family woman and dedicated much of her time to supporting those around her. From an early age, Beryl took on the responsibility of caring for her father as he lost his sight from a bad case of influenza and she has never stopped supporting people around her since. Alongside her love for singing with the church group who visit the home and interacting with dogs during our regular ‘pet therapy’ activities at the home, Beryl has influenced many of us to cherish every memory the way she does.

To commemorate her wonderful existence, Graham – one of Beryl’s three sons organised a birthday celebration for his mother at the home yesterday for family and residents. Before her party, Graham and the team organised for Beryl to have her hair done as a pamper session at the home. The St Katharine’s team took the time to make a beautiful pink birthday cake and decorate the charity room which overlooks the garden, where her celebrations were held. Family members from Wales and Ireland travelled to Wantage to surprise Beryl on this momentous occasion with other friends and residents within the home. The mayor also made a surprise visit to join in on the celebrations and wish Ms. Stoter a happy birthday, which was an exciting moment for Beryl and her family.

Reflecting on his mother’s 100th birthday, Graham remarked- “finding a home for my mum was a very difficult thing to come to terms with and we visited nine different homes before narrowing it down.  We chose St Katharines because we’ve always lived in Wantage and we’d heard about their great reputation and they provided us with a lot of support during the initial period.

Hearing so many good things about the home gave us confidence and since taking residence at the home, the carers have been very kind and good to mum. The kitchen team and activities ladies have been wonderful in helping me to organise her party and nothing is ever too much trouble for them.”

The care team have described Beryl as a ‘lovely, caring lady’ as she takes the time to greet the other residents and remembers to ask those around her about the finer details she has learnt through her social interactions. Her gentle approach has not gone amiss amongst our Gold Care family as she’s left lasting impressions on many of our staff and residents for her effervescence for life and enjoyment.

Rachel Burrows, Lead Activities Coordinator commented “Beryl is such a lovely lady. She is so kind and always worries about other people. She constantly checks on the team and asks about residents who don’t have local family to visit them. I love to visit Beryl because she’s always a ray of sunshine to brighten my day at Gold Care Homes. These bonds are important to both the carers and the residents. Beryl is a genuine, lovely and caring lady to us all”.

We wish our humble Wantage centenarian the happiest of birthdays.


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