A CARE worker at a residential home is encouraging locals to send one of the home’s residents a surprise birthday card as she is set to celebrate her 102nd birthday in January.

Joan Rowbottom, who is a resident at Parkside Care Home on Park Street, Wombwell, celebrated her 101st birthday in style as members of staff threw her a party which she ‘absolutely loved’.

This year, to celebrate her 102nd, care home worker Roxanne Harper is asking people to send her a birthday card to make her day extra special.

Joan received over 300 cards, flowers and gifts last year and Roxanne wants to exceed that number and get as many people as possible to write to her.

Roxanne told the Chronicle: “She absolutely loved the party we threw for her last year.

“She was so happy and loved every minute of it - she was blown away with all the cards and how many people thought of her and I just want her to have that experience again for her 102nd birthday.

“It’s nothing less than she deserves.”