104th birthday celebrations at Sussexdown

31st January 2018

Staff and residents at Sussexdown care home helped much-loved resident, Pauline Dunhill celebrate a momentous 104th birthday recently. The home hosted a surprise party for Pauline, complete with balloons, flowers and birthday cake.

A special rendition of Happy Birthday was performed by a harpist, which Pauline enjoyed whilst sipping on a celebratory glass of champagne.

Pauline, who was born on 31 January 1914 in Vancouver, Canada, has enjoyed a full and happy life, moving to London when she was just six months old, where she lived throughout the war. She also spent time living in India where her father served with a regiment from the British Indian Army. Pauline married husband, Dennis, in 1936 and they lived in Bexhill-on-Sea for 78 years. Pauline moved to Sussexdown in September 2014, aged 100 years and 6 months.

She puts the secret to her long life down to a glass of gin and tonic every evening! Heather Rogers, Home Manager at Sussexdown, said: “Turning 104 is a remarkable feat and we were delighted to help Pauline mark her special day. She is a wonderful character, with a great sense of humour and strong personality. She has certainly lived life to the full and we all enjoy hearing the stories she has to tell. At Care South, we work hard to make sure our residents’ birthdays are truly memorable occasions.”