ONE thing is sure Nanna Freda wasn’t expecting to celebrate her 100th birthday in lockdown.
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But she is one of many that have had a very different birthday in 2020.
Nanna Freda’s 100th Birthday Celebration went ahead in the carpark of her nursing home (Port Stephens Regis Aged Care in Corlette).
Tracy Miles told News Of The Area, “We had a big party planned for Nanna with as many relatives as possible coming from near & far!
“However due to COVID-19 we had to reduce the party and we had hoped we could use a function room in the Nursing Home.
“However, this was still not possible as due to visitor restrictions.
“Hence we planned a smaller gathering at the local Lil Buddha Chinese Restaurant in Salamander Bay because at this time we could take Nanna out of the home.
“All of this quickly changed last Wednesday when the home went into lockdown due to the new COVID-19 cases detected in Port Stephens.
The new plan was to have it at the home with Nanna in a doorway & her guests (limited to 20 due to restrictions) outside.
The plans changed at least three times between Wednesday & Sunday due to the weather.
“In the end it was a beautiful celebration!
“We are so grateful to the Nursing Home staff for caring for Nanna & ensuring we could have a safe celebration
“Also to Port Stephens locals on the Pay it Forward Facebook Page for their kindness and sending so many beautiful messages to Nanna,” she said.
Nanna Freda received a letter from the Queen to commemorate reaching her century.
The team at the NOTA wish Nanna Freda the very best for the occasion.
By Marian SAMPSON