Castor Lodge Care Home in Peterborough surprised resident Mona, aged 102, with a David Beckham appreciation party after learning about her admiration for the famous footballer. Following the party, the man himself got in touch to surprise Mona with a special message for her support over the years.
Mona was overwhelmed with the video message and couldn’t believe he had done something so special for her. ITV also came along to capture the special moment and feature her on the local news.
As part of the care home’s ‘Make a Wish’ initiative, residents are given the opportunity to tell staff about somewhere they had always wanted to go or a special activity they had always wanted to do.
Wellbeing Coordinator, Holly Nightingale said.
"Mona's interest for the footballer first became apparent when she moved into Castor Lodge and hung her David Beckham calendar on her bedroom wall."
Staff celebrate her lifelong wish to meet the ex-manager with a David Beckham Appreciation Party filled with themed decorations, including a life-sized cardboard cut-out of the star, football themed cupcakes and David Beckham masks.
Mona’s Daughters shared their appreciation for the staff’s hard work by commenting on Facebook.
“It is years since I have seen my mother with such a smile on her face. Who knew a cut out David Beckham was all it needed!! Thank you for doing this for her.” – Maureen
“Absolutely amazing my mother looks so animated and is smiling. Thank you all at Castor for your thoughtfulness and making my mother a day to remember.” – Victoria
Senior Customer Relations Manager Laura Mills also commented on the day.
“Mona adores David Beckham and loves to talk about him. She always says what a special, lovely and charitable man he is.
She is an incredibly sweet and kind lady herself, who always reaches out to everybody in the home to ask how they are. Growing up, Mona served in the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS) during the Second World War – operating as a code breaker to intercept and crack the secrets of German wartime communication, playing a crucial role in Allied victory.”