Police Horses from Norfolk Police’s’Mounted Branch have made an impromptu visit to a care home in Norwich to help celebrate an animal lover’s 104th Birthday.
Vera Nobbs marked her epic milestone on Friday 5th June and was excited to see the surprise visit from Norfolk Police’s mounted unit.
Socially distancing was observed throughout the visit.
Image credit: Healthcare Homes
As someone who has always had a love of horses, Vera was delighted to see the majestic police horses.
Vera was born in Norwich and spent most of her life in Hellesdon – just ten miles away from where she today lives.
She married her husband John ‘Jack’ Nobbs at the age of 21, and together they had a daughter, Jennifer.
Vera worked in retail for companies such as Dixons and also owned her own shop for a while. She has always enjoyed her beloved hobby of crochet.
For many years she crocheted items for charities, including the Blind Association, and made shawls for hospitals in India who would give these to new mothers.
Image credit: Healthcare Homes
When asked what the secret is to a long, happy life, Vera said, “My daughter, who is the apple of my eye, a good husband and a quiet, calm life.”
Adina Marginean, manager of Olive House, part of Healthcare Homes, said:
“We wanted to make Vera’s 104th Birthday as special as possible and so arranged a number of surprises. It was really lovely to see Vera’s reaction when Norfolk’s mounted police arrived at the front of the home – she wasn’t expecting horses to arrive for her Birthday!
“It was moving to have our neighbours gather to sing Happy Birthday to Vera – the community really have been very supportive. Social distancing was observed at all times, making it probably one of Vera’s more unusual birthdays, however, it was very clear that she loved the treats that were arranged for her.
“Everyone at Olive House is very fond of Vera, and it was marvellous to see her enjoying her day.”
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