A 101-year-old had her lifelong wish granted for Christmas – after she was enrolled to become Britain’s oldest BEAVER.
Pip Peek is pictured surrounded by her new ‘pack’ of youngsters who all went to visit her care home.
She had confided in staff that she had always wanted to be a Beaver – but that she was too old.
But St Paul’s Care Centre in Hemel Hempstead, Herts., where Pip has lived for the last six years, has a wishing tree where residents’ wishes are hung up and granted.
Staff at St Paul’s got in touch with the local Beaver group in Hemel Hempstead – where members are aged between six and eight years old.
But, proving that age really is no barrier, the Beaver pack soon turned up at Pip’s bedside and welcomed her as an honourary member of their group.
The youngsters presented Pip with a bright yellow neckerchief and gave her a full group salute.
And a delighted Pip said: “I can’t believe my wish has come true. You’re all so lovely, how wonderful!”
The Beavers then sang Christmas carols and handed out decorations and handmade Christmas cards to each of the residents at the care home.
Beavers typically enjoy all that scouting has to offer; being introduced to lots of outdoor activities, having the opportunity to be creative, exploring their local community and experiencing the excitement of a Beaver Scout sleepover with friends.
Beth Marchant-Roe, head of activities at St Pauls Care Centre, which is run by Westgate Healthcare, said: “The Beavers bring so much energy to the home and it is infectious.
“They encourage the residents to break out of their shells by singing, chatting and even exercising with them.
“Our residents with dementia really enjoy the reminiscence they get from talking about their family and children, it’s always lovely to see,” Beth added.