A caring and much-loved great-great-grandmother has loved birthday greetings from over 3,000 folks as she turns 100.
Former care assistant Rosie Cochrane entered her second century on January 21 this yr.
Although lockdown means the celebration, from her assisted residing residence in Bedlington, wasn’t fairly what she might need deliberate earlier than the pandemic, granddaughter Christine Logan was decided to make sure ‘Granny Rosie’ was showered with love on her special occasion.
Northumberland County Council fostering staff supervisor Christine stated: “Growing up I’d watch her and my mam take care of others, and simply knew I needed to do the identical.
“She has at all times put others first and cared for others the place she will, be it household, buddies or by way of her work. She is an actual inspiration and it’s due to her I selected my profession path and have additionally fostered to assist others in any manner I can.
“It has been a very troublesome time not having the ability to see her. She likes to get her nails and hair executed, buy groceries and journey. But we all know we should do all we will to maintain her secure and ourselves proper now.
“So, we requested everybody close to and much to ship us birthday messages that we will share with her just about.”
Over 3,000 birthday messages have are available in for “social butterfly” Rosie, who’s lacking being the “life and soul of the occasion”.
A mom of 4, grandmother to 9, great-grandmother to eleven and great-great-grandmother to eight, Rosie has additionally been an enormous a part of her local people through the years.
She’s lately obtained her first coronavirus jab and hopes it will not be too lengthy earlier than she’s socialising once more.
Rosie stated: “I used to be over the moon to get my first Covid-19 vaccination. I’ve actually missed seeing buddies within the communal room or having visits from my household. This is only one step nearer in getting again to that.
“It has been actually vital for all of us right here to comply with the steerage as all of us wish to keep secure and get again to what we all know and get out once more.”
Christine added: “It is her ethos in life that I’ve helped to embed within the fostering service; creating help for youngsters and households and inspiring foster households to get to know one another and get the youngsters to know one another. Now greater than ever we’ve got learnt the significance of connecting with folks and I hope we will proceed that inside our service for years to return.”
As nicely because the video, on Thursday, Rosie’s son and daughter-in-law, her help bubble, drove her across the houses of family and friends so they may shout their birthday needs from their doorsteps. A real lover of fancy costume, Rosie donned a tiara, sash and pretend fur coat so she could possibly be ‘Queen for the day’.
Councillor Veronica Jones, cupboard member for grownup wellbeing stated: “It is lovely to see a household pull collectively to have fun this inspirational woman’s birthday. It has been notably laborious on our aged, these in care houses and sheltered housing over the previous yr, and this can go a great distance in lifting these spirits of not solely Rosie however of her buddies, household and her neighbours.
“Many households have considered other ways to have fun beloved one’s birthdays, and while we proceed to expertise the consequences of the pandemic it reveals how resilient we’re, and what will be achieved once we pull collectively.
“I want Rosie, and anybody else celebrating a birthday proper now a really glad birthday.”