It is always important to remember that Crossroads is a charity, not just another care agency.


Look at the photo... this is Maddie's 99th birthday.


Maddie has always been lively, loves conversation, and is an active and valued member of society. She has osteoarthritis in all her joints, but that doesn't stop her from cooking for herself and being as independent as possible with help from Crossroads.


To say thank you for her amazing contribution to the world, Crossroads staff secretly organised a birthday party for Maddie. They brought her a cake, her favourite meal of fish & chips, sweets, chocolates, party decorations and indoor fireworks. Maddie's daughter, who lives in Portugal, took part in the festivities via a specially arranged Skype call.


Crossroads CEO. Mary Rainford said "I am so proud of my staff for organising this - they always go that little bit further. Nothing is too much trouble for them. Maddie's daughter was so happy too - even though she couldn't be there in person, we all celebrated Maddie's birthday together. Thank you to my wonderful staff, Tina, Allan, Ann, Angie and Rachel, for all your wonderful support."