Ewart House extra care scheme was decked out in pink decorations- the favourite colour of resident Joyce Hixon who celebrated her 100th birthday with family, friends and staff. Pictured: Joyce with Rev King and some of her carers and her friend from Monserrat, Franklin Margetson.
The Bishop of Willesden, Pete Broadbent, blessed the day with a prayer and celebrated her life and her Christian worship. The party had a distinctly Caribbean flavour with a steel band playing to the fifty guests who were served a lunch of rice and peas, chicken curry and beef curry.
Also in attendance was Rev Barry Hingston and curate Marj Mott of St Johns Church, and Rev Rita King of Joyce’s Kenton Methodist Church. Rev King said, ‘I have known Joyce for the past 5 years and she is kind, understanding and tells me what she thinks! She loves Jesus and takes Holy Communion. We all wish her joy and health. I pray to God to bless all of you who contribute to keeping her well.’
Left: Robert Goodman and HCHA Tracey Baldwin, Marj Mott, The Bishop of Willesden, Pete Broadbent and Rev Barry Hingston.
Joyce Hixon was born Joyce Goldson in Kingston Jamaica on 12th April 1917. One of three children, she grew up in Jamaica. She moved to England in 1964 and married her second husband John Baptist Hixon. He was a machinist in a factory and Joyce worked as an orderly in three London hospitals including St Mary’s Praed Street. She retired when she was 60.
Joyce lived with her niece until Harrow social services found Ewart house extra care scheme for her four years ago. When asked about her home and care in Ewart House Joyce says, ‘I just like the place -everybody loves me here! ’ Grace Ogunjinmi, Housing Coordinator at HCHA says, ‘Joyce is a ray of sunshine. Everyone marvels at her energy. It’s a pleasure to have her living here.’
The team of carers from Hales Group provided care and support for Joyce and help her with her daily routine. She continues to lead an active life and goes out three times a week to Milmans Day Centre where she participates in the programme joining in the exercise classes as well as social activities.
When asked about the secret to her long life Joyce replied, ‘God keeps me well. I spent good days in my youth living with no regrets. I keep happy and enjoy my life every day.’
Pictured: Joyce Hixon resident at HCHA’s Ewart House extra care scheme with her friend Doreen Sandiford