Patient Ann is currently in Walsall Manor Hospital but that didn’t stop her from celebrating her 80th birthday in style with the help of staff.
Ann, who lives in Darlaston, was serenaded by colleagues on Ward 29 singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to her. Staff hung a banner above her bed, bought her a bunch of flowers, presented her with a cake organised by Walsall Healthcare’s Well Wishers charity and arranged a host of cards and presents on her bedside table.
As the eldest of three sisters, the retired typist said she would normally celebrate her birthday with siblings Christine, 78 and 76-year-old Helen.
But she is looking forward to seeing them soon when she hopes to be discharged – and making it a double celebration as Christine turns 79 next month.
“I’m very thankful to the staff for doing this for me,” said Ann, who has been in hospital for four weeks after being admitted with symptoms of anaemia.
“It’s a very thoughtful gesture and it was a lovely surprise. The flowers are really nice and I’ve already had some cake, which tasted good.”
Ann used to love dancing with late husband George, and in later years enjoyed games of bingo at the Darlaston Sons and Daughters Club, a club for retired people.
But when she leaves hospital she is just looking forward to spending time at home with her sisters.