Torquay woman celebrates 100th birthday - over the internet

Doris Gaywood celebrates her 100th birthday at home in Torquay Photo: Torbay News Agency

Doris Gaywood celebrates her 100th birthday at home in Torquay Photo: Torbay News Agency - Credit: TORBAY NEWS AGENCY

A Torquay woman who was born just two years after the First World War, celebrated her 100th birthday this week using 21st century internet technology.

Doris Gaywood received a very special card from the Queen, and spoke to family members all over Britain using the video-conferencing app, Zoom.

Daughter Marilyn Roberts said: 'I and my husband Norman have been carers for my dear Mum for 20 years and it was a delight that we celebrated her 100th birthday on Tuesday, May 5.

'Although Mum has dementia, we are sure that she felt the love shown to her while helping her to celebrate her 100 years.

'Mum has a sister in Brixham who is 94 and although almost all of Mum's friends and relatives have passed on, she had lots of cards, many from carers past and present which was lovely, and not forgetting, of course, a very special one from the Queen.'

Marilyn added: It has been difficult in knowing how to celebrate with family near and far, especially her son and daughter-in-law in Cheshire but with the help of technology and guidance from the younger family members, we were able to celebrate together... if somewhat chaotically... with Zoom. It was our first experience with it but it was great fun.

'For Mum, as with other people who live with dementia, it has been and is a very confusing world at the moment, with faces that they sometimes may or may not recognise anyway but to suddenly have their faces covered up, has just added to the confusion.

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'I would like to say a huge thank you to all Mum's personal assistants who help us care for Mum – they are all key workers who are on the frontline and are diamonds.

'Without their dedicated love, care and support and Mum living with us at home, I doubt Mum would have reached this wonderful milestone.'