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Effie Dimmock, a resident of Ryelands Care Home in Wallington, Surrey, enjoyed a surprise champagne breakfast with her family as part of MHA's 'Seize the Day' initiative.

As Home Manager Aurea De Souza explained, “Effie is 100 years old and has recently being diagnosed with advanced kidney cancer. Even though she is fully aware of her health situation, she is still going to carry on with a beautiful smile, saying that life is worth living and there is no point complaining - just take it as it is.

“Effie has a lovely sense of humour. Almost every morning, when we ask Effie what she would like for breakfast, she keeps telling us: ‘I tell you what I really would like to have - a champagne breakfast; that would make me really happy.’

“So, I contacted her family and we made a little surprise for Effie. We organised a table with strawberries, cream, croissants, fruits, scrambled egg, juice, tea, coffee and champagne. Effie was absolutely speechless and said how wonderful and special that moment was for her.

“Effie says that Ryelands is a wonderful place to be and she is really lucky to be here. Myself and my team feel grateful to be able to make a difference in people’s lives. To be a wonderful carer you have to do your job with love and passion. All of our residents are very special and I always tell them that Ryelands is a home for life.”

Pictured: Effie Dimmock (right) with Care Home Manager Aurea De Souza, Effie's son Jim and daughter-in-law Hazel.

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