‘Be happy and be kind’ – Life advice from 100-year-old Kay.
There was a very special celebration at Affinity Day Care C.I.C. this week as a milestone birthday was reached. Pearl Kathleen Drinkwater, known to her friends as Kay, turned 100 years old and a party was held for her and her Affinity pals.
Able to open as a support group for up to 15 people, staff at Affinity seized the opportunity to hold a socially distanced lockdown party. Cake and balloons were the order of the day at St. Luke’s Community Centre in Duston, where the service is based.
Kay explains what it was like to turn 100 during lockdown:
“It’s been marvellous! I just can’t believe it. People have been so kind. One of the children I taught when I was a school teacher came to bring me a present. He remembered how I’d helped him when he fell and grazed his knee. He’s almost 50!”
Taking the COVID-19 risk very seriously, all staff, clients, and volunteers at Affinity Day Care C.I.C. have had at least their first vaccination with their second booked in. Staff and volunteers take weekly PCR swab tests, and everyone takes a temperature test on arrival. Affinity have recently hired their own minibus so that they can transport clients to and from the centre. Clients are put into bubbles so that travel and interaction can be done as safely as possible.
It was a busy week at the centre, with clients also enjoying pancake making and lots of fun activities to keep them physically and mentally active. Affinity Day Care C.I.C. director, Fern Overton, explains:
“The reason we set up the service back in December 2020 is so that older people in Northampton can have the opportunity to celebrate later life. We obviously have to be really careful due to COVID but we’ve got a really big space here so we’re able to have lots of fun. We laugh all the time and I’m so pleased to see the huge smile on Kay’s face.”
Due to the pandemic restrictions, it’s not quite the birthday Kay had planned but a happy birthday nevertheless:
“I would have gone for a meal at the Hopping Hare with my family. We had also planned a party with 50 guests so that I could celebrate with all my friends and I was also going to do a skydive to celebrate.
“It’s been such a lovey day. I can’t believe it. I’m so used to going out all the time, I’m a very active person. I do the housework; puzzles and I love cooking. Being able to come out and celebrate with my friends at Affinity has been brilliant.”
When asked what advice she would give people, especially during lockdown:
“Exercise as much as you can, even if it’s getting up and walking around your front room. Keep yourself moving. Be happy and do what you can for people. If you look after people they’ll look after you.”