Dancing Her Way to 101: Dartford Resident Celebrates Milestone Birthday at Care Home

Dartford Resident Celebrates 101st Birthday at Wilmington Manor Care Home

Vera Joan Manning, a beloved resident of Wilmington Manor Care Home, recently celebrated a milestone birthday surrounded by friends, family, and staff. Born on January 19, 1923, in Bexleyheath, Vera has lived in Dartford her entire life.

Despite facing challenges at a young age, Vera’s determination and passion for dance have carried her through a long and fulfilling life. After her mother’s passing, she moved in with her father and brother Geoffrey, and later worked as a sales assistant at Boots. But it was at a dance school where she found her true calling.

Vera learned Latin American ballroom dancing and met her husband, Stanley, in the same class. The couple eventually became dance instructors, sharing their love of dance with others until they were 80 years old.

To celebrate Vera’s 101st birthday, care home staff organized a variety of special activities, including a Latin American keep-fit class, a pantomime performance of The Wizard of Oz, and a musical performance by students from Wilmington Grammar School for Boys. Vera was also treated to a pampering session at the in-house hair salon and a homemade buffet.

In gratitude, Vera said, “I have well and truly been spoilt. I am thrilled to have done some Latin dance, as it is still one of my favourite things to do and watch. Thank you to my friends, family, and carers for making my birthday so special and making me feel so loved.”

Home manager Esther Ezeonyeka expressed her admiration for Vera, saying, “We’re honoured to have been a part of this incredible lady’s 101st birthday celebrations. Vera is a joy to be around and an inspiration to us all. We’ve been having a wonderful time, and it has been lovely to see the residents enjoying the celebrations.”

Vera’s 101st birthday was a testament to her resilience and zest for life. Her love for dance and positive attitude continue to inspire those around her at Wilmington Manor Care Home.

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