Residents and staff at MHA Willowcroft Care Home in Spondon, Derby, have helped resident Joan Devenport celebrate turning 107 with a party.

Joan was born in 1913 and lived in Nuthall, Nottinghamshire. She was a survivor of the Spanish flu and is currently living through the Covid 19 pandemic. Joan met her future husband Ralph at local dance hall in the early 1940s, marrying in April 1942.

Ralph was called up during WW2 and served in North Africa and Italy. Joan worked at the Players Factory in the box department. Joan and Ralph went on to have two children (Graham and Stephanie) and two grandchildren (Mark, Simon) and one great grandchild (Freya).

Joan celebrated her milestone birthday with a tea party at MHA Willowcroft. Sadly her family couldn’t join in the party but her son and daughter were still able to mark the day with a socially distanced visit outdoor visit.

When asked ‘what’s the secret to a long life’ Joan said: “I have no secret, I’m very fortunate to have lived this long, I’ve been shown much kindness.”

Deputy Home Manager Vicky Humphrey said: “We are happy to be able to celebrate this huge birthday with Joan and to help her life later life well. We wish we could have invited all of Joan’s family and friends to her party to celebrate with her but her care home family made sure she had a great day.”