In what has become an annual tradition at the Gravesend home, residents at Edward Moore House recently welcomed an Elvis Presley impersonator to the home as part of some special birthday celebrations.
Edward Moore House resident Ethel Matton recently celebrated her 103rd birthday in her trademark fashion, with a visit from The King! Elvis is Ethel's favourite music artist of all time, and has requested a visit from local impersonator Chris Field for each of her birthday parties since she has lived at Edward Moore House.
Ethel is well loved by all the staff and residents at the home home, so in addition to the visit from music royalty, it was decided that for the duration of her birthday Ethel would be "Queen for the Day"! After opening her cards and presents, welcoming visits from friends and family, and her favourite tipple of sherry, Ethel was whisked up to the salon in the home by carers Sarah White and key worker Gloria Goldup, where she was given a special birthday pampering.
Elvis arrived late in the afternoon, this year dressed in his military outfit, to serenade all the residents who had gathered in the home's lounge. After that, everyone sang happy birthday and Ethel was presented with a special birthday cake, which was made by carer Michelle Smith.
John Ogbe, home manager at Edward Moore House, was impressed with the support from staff at the home on the day, commenting: "I was not working at Edward Moore House for Ethel'd previous birthdays but I had heard a lot about them so I was really looking forward to it; it did not disappoint! The atmosphere at the home was wonderful and the work that all of the staff put it was great. This was the first time I've seen Elvis at a residential home and all of the residents loved it, we're all looking forward to him coming back next year!"
Ethel and Elvis