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No birthday left uncelebrated during the lockdown

Rand Aid’s Ron Smith Care Centre is ensuring that those residents who celebrate a birthday during lockdown still feel special on their big day. Resident Jill Jones turned 77 on April 6, 2020.  “Sister Gwen Coutinho bought a cake, we lit some birthday candles and the staff gathered round in her room to sing happy birthday,” says Debbie Christen, Rand Aid’s Manager: Recreational Programmes. To make Jill’s loved ones feel included – even though they were unable to be there in person – photos of the celebration were emailed to daughters Lynley, who lives in England, and Carolyn who lives in Canada, as well as to Jill’s brother, John, who lives in Durban.

Lynley responded:

Hello Debbie

Thank you for the care you and all the teams at Rand Aid give to Jillie.

The photos are lovely – very heart-warming to see them.

Best wishes to all for a safe week.



Jill Jones with her birthday cake.

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