Pupils surprise Care Home resident on 100th birthday
February 2, 2021

Rydal Penrhos surprised a special lady who celebrated her 100th birthday recently.

A group of staff and pupils at Rydal Penrhos surprised a local residential home resident on a landmark birthday.

Mrs Anne Wigelsworth, of the Abbeyfield Residential and Retirement Home on Rhos Road in Colwyn Bay, celebrated her 100th birthday on Friday 29 January and Rydal Penrhos pupils, together with Prep School head Lucy Davies and marketing and admissions co-ordinator Debbie McCluskey, paid a special socially distanced visit to provide gifts and a musical performance courtesy of Sixth Former Tegid Goodman-Jones.

The visit came about following conversations between the school, general manager of Abbeyfield Anne Hamblett and Anne Watson, who is a governor at Rydal Penrhos.

Keyworker children still coming to school during the second educational lockdown implemented by the Welsh Government made a fantastic banner wishing Mrs Wigelsworth a happy centenary, with the pupils also making plenty of cards to mark a birthday that also comes with a message from Queen Elizabeth.

Rydal Penrhos also gave Mrs Wigelsworth 100 daffodils as a gift and stayed for some celebrations outside of the home in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines.

Tegid – who has enjoyed a decorated signing career that includes success at the Urdd National and Llangollen International Eisteddfods – treated everyone in attendance to a mini-performance that included Fly Me to the Moon by Frank Sinatra, which was released when Mrs Wigelsworth was just 20-years-of-age.

His performance also included an incredible rendition of an Ivor Novello track, before singing Happy Birthday to Mrs Wigelsworth to round off a fantastic celebration of her life and one she enjoyed thoroughly.

Rydal Penrhos and staff at Abbeyfield ensured that every COVID-19 precaution was taken to ensure that Mrs Wigelsworth had the celebration she deserved and the event was a huge success.


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