Brave Rene hits 100 not out on Independence Day

Rene Basham with her son John and daughter-in-law Carol.
Rene Basham with her son John and daughter-in-law Carol.

A POPULAR resident of Hucknall’s Jubilee Court old people’s care home ever since it opened, Rene Basham has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Staff at the home organised a party to mark Rene’s special day, which fell on Wednesday last week July 4, which coincided with America’s Independence Day)

An entertainer was booked for the event and buffet refreshments were provided. The ‘birthday girl’ was presented with a cake decorated with the figure 100 and she received a bouquet from Jubilee Court’s new owner, Runwood Homes, which bought the home from Notts County Council.

Born in Kimberley. Rene used to work as a cook at a school there. Her husband, Les, died 20 years ago and she has a son and daughter-in-law, John and Carol, who live in Breaston, Derbyshire.

Rene lived in the former Springfield Old People’s Home in Hucknall before moving to Jubilee Court on Nabbs Lane. She has major communication problems because she is both blind and deaf.

“But she still makes the best of things,” said John. “It was very nice for her to be the centre of attention at the party and she really enjoyed the occasion.”

Rene was especially pleased to receive a card from the Queen so soon after Her Majesty’s own celebrations to mark her Diamond Jubilee.

“Although my mum could not see the card, she felt very proud that it was sent to her,” said John.

It also came as a surprise that a card was also received from the Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith.

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