Former nurse from Wisbech treated to special 90th birthday

Former nurse from Wisbech treated to special 90th birthday

Published by Beth Pridding
5:29pm 11th June 2020.

A former nurse from Wisbech, who would have spent her 90th birthday alone, was treated to a very special surprise last weekend. 

Staff from ASDA in the town surprised Eileen Hamilton on Saturday by giving her a 'fairytale' birthday. 

Observing social distancing guidelines, they decorated the outside of her bungalow with balloons, brought her cake and flowers and read out birthday messages from her family before singing happy birthday.

Eileen, who was a nurse in her younger days, said: 

"It was absolutely fantastic. I couldn't believe it - it was like a fairytale!

"The thoughtfulness and kindness of people is out of this world. I was so overwhelmed when I saw everyone from Asda in their green uniform all outside!"

Store manager Matt Morris joined the celebrations with colleagues outside Eileen's house.

He said: 

"We found out through our drivers that she was going to the celebrating her 90th birthday and because of her having family in the north of England and in New Zealand who couldn't get to see her we arranged that we would go round and celebrate with her.

"We all went round in a convoy and we met up with some of her neighbours too.

"We put some balloons on the house and a happy birthday banner on the front door and some flowers and cakes outside – and then knocked and backed away!"

Staff followed social distancing guidelines to celebrate her birthday

Matt said they'd had discussions with Eileen's daughter Christine Maskill – who puts in her regular home shopping order – and she sent a number of family messages for our driver Geoff Norris to read out. These included a happy birthday message from her youngest great-grandson Jack!

Christine, who lives in York, said: 

"I'd been emailing Geoff's my mum's shopping and I'd mentioned that it wasn't going to be the 90th birthday we had planned for her, as we were meant to be going to Scotland for a week. Then he contacted me to say that if it was alright with us, they would like to do a surprise for her.

"Although I couldn't be there I've seen a lot of photographs sent to me by neighbours and it was wonderful what Geoff and the others did. It was very, very thoughtful. It was a lovely birthday that will not be forgotten. People are still talking about it.

"Many of those colleagues have never met my mum before, but they give up their time to stand outside and clap and cheer and sing happy birthday. That was a wonderful gesture."