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11 September 2019

Celebrating a special birthday with the right care

We’ve been celebrating a very special birthday at Watcombe Circus in Nottingham.

When George was born in 1942, doctors told his parents he was unlikely to live beyond the age of ten, but he’s defied all expectations. Now at the grand age of 77, he’s probably the oldest person in the UK with Down’s syndrome.

He is a beloved resident at Watcombe Circus, our care home for people with a learning disability, his home for the past 26 years.
Kim, Assistant Manager at the scheme, said: “Georgie is such a character, such a flirt! It’s never too much trouble to support Georgie. He is just so much fun. He just likes to make everyone smile. He's got more energy than most 77 year olds!”

George has three great passions in life, colouring in, dancing and BBC One. His favourite show is Strictly Come Dancing and a few years back, the employees at Watcombe Circus were able to get him in the audience for a live show.

His niece, Nicki, a regular visitor at Watcombe Circus, comments: “Uncle George is always dancing and singing. Everything is always ‘lovely’. We like going out and video calling family in Australia. George is really important to us. He is a big part of our family.”

Nicki puts George’s fantastic health down to the care he receives: “I don't think he would have got this far if it wasn't for the care he receives here. The way he is, it's due to the way the carers are with him. He is so well cared for. Everyone really pays attention to him, looking out for him. Family are included in everything. We're invited to all the parties.”

George has been enjoying a lot of attention recently. He was delighted to feature in the Nottingham Post newspaper and last week he received a very important visitor, a cameraman from his beloved BBC One!

Take a look at George’s film, available to watch on the BBC East Midlands website.