Dog lover Kit Downing celebrated her 101st birthday at Wellington Grange with a 101 Dalmatians-themed party.
She was the star of the show as our Chichester home underwent a black and white makeover specially for the occasion.
Wearing a spotted blouse and dog-ear headband, Kit first of all welcomed daughter Ann Davis and granddaughter Emma Stokes for a private get-together in her room.
She then joined fellow residents in the home’s Market Cross sitting room for a surprise afternoon of canine-inspired fun. Amid bunting and 101 black and white paw print balloons, guests toasted Kit with glasses of bubbly and tucked into a home-baked cake, decorated Dalmatian-style with black spots and a red collar.
There was even a special guest appearance by Alfie, another resident’s dog, sporting a Dalmatian-designed coat over his fluffy white hair.
For Ann and Emma, the party had particular significance. For her 100th birthday last year, Kit could only speak to them through a Perspex screen because of the tighter lockdown visiting rules in force then.
Seeing her mother a year on without the use of a screen was a joy for Ann, who added: “The 101 Dalmatians theme was stunning and we all had a special day. It was so good to join mum and the other residents, and the staff were all so kind and went to such a huge amount of trouble to stage the party. We thank everyone involved.”
Kate Goldie, Senior Carer, said: “It was an honour and privilege to help Kit celebrate her 101st birthday. She and the other residents all had an amazing time. It was a very special day to be remembered by all.”