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Centenarian Daisy Thompson greets Jamaica’s new High Commissioner during visit to Hanover extra care scheme

A centenarian whose niece served as Jamaica’s first female prime minister has helped a Gloucester housing provider give a warm welcome to the Caribbean nation’s new High Commissioner.

His Excellency Mr Seth George Ramocan, Jamaica’s new High Commissioner met Daisy Thompson, 101, and other residents of St Catherine Court, an extra care development in Gloucester (pictured).

Thompson, who will celebrate her 102nd birthday in just over a month, has lived in sheltered accommodation since 1994, with the support she receives from the extra care team at St Catherine Court helping her to continue to live independently. The scheme is owned and managed by Hanover Housing Association.

During the visit by the High Commissioner, she was understandably keen to mention that her niece is former Jamaican Prime Minister Porsha Simpson-Miller, who served as the country’s first female prime minister from 2006-2007 and once again took on the role from 2012–16.

"It was exciting to be able to meet the commissioner and I was delighted that he took time out of his busy schedule to visit us,” Thompson said. “We certainly had plenty to talk about, not least the fact that my niece was until recently the Prime Minister of Jamaica. I am very proud of her and what she has achieved.”

As well as being an avid Coronation Street and EastEnders fan, Thompson also likes to spend time with friends from her local church and enjoys exercising with sponge balls and maracas.

Along with the facilities available for residents, St Catherine Court also plays host to the Black Elders Day Centre (BEDC), which meets every Tuesday and Thursday. It welcomes Afro-Caribbean residents aged 55 and over from the surrounding areas of Gloucester to take part in a range of social activities, including dominoes, exercise classes, arts and crafts sessions, flower arranging and singalong events.

The day centre has been held at St Catherine Court for over 15 years and has welcomed many visitors from all over the country. While the activities are well attended each week, Hanover says one of the main bonuses for the guests who come along to the BEDC is the “exceptional choice” of food that’s on offer, with lunches comprising of traditional chicken and fish meals, while on special occasions the delights of curried goat or ackeee and salt fish are on offer.

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