Two birthday celebrations

I support Jean who is an older lady who is very sociable and loves chatting to anybody and everybody. She also takes great pride in her appearance. As Jean’s birthday this year was during the same week as MacIntyre’s 50th birthday ‘Tux and Tiara’ dinner celebration, I wanted to help make this an extra special day for her. Knowing that looking her best is important to Jean, I asked her if she would like to plan a trip to the shops to buy a new outfit for the event. We sat down together with some catalogues for inspiration and discussed what sort of colours and styles Jean might like to go for. Looking at the photographs helped Jean to get an idea of what she might like – she decided she would like something blue! A few weeks before the celebration we hit the shops around Chester in search of Jean’s perfect outfit. After trying on a couple of different dresses, Jean decided on a lovely blue and black number, which also happened to be a bit of a bargain. She was made up with her new dress and couldn’t wait to get home and show all her friends what she had bought.

On the day of the dinner Jean was very excited, I supported her to go and have her hair styled and nails painted at her favourite salon in the morning, before returning home to get ready. With her new dress, accessories and hair do, she looked a million dollars!

When we arrived at the venue Jean was over the moon as we walked down the red carpet and a photographer was snapping away. Everyone looked really smart, and all the effort Jean had put in was well worth it because she looked great, and seeing her so happy and proud made me feel great as well!

Supporting people to feel really good about themselves is what makes our jobs so special.


Kim Simpson and Daniel Sapple
Darley Cottage


  • Nicola Payne says:

    What a great blog to read! Its all about the preparation before you go out, and Jean looks fantastic!

  • Marina Clark says:

    I loved seeing all the photos from the “Tux and Tiara” event – and it’s so nice to read the story behind the photos too. Thank you for sharing.

  • Emma Killick says:

    Thanks for sharing this great story Kim, Daniel.
    Jean looks just fabulous and I bet she had the time of her life – new outfit, being pampered at the salon and then the red carpet and photographers!
    Well done for taking the time to make a special event even more special and memorable.

  • Shelley Syposz says:

    As a new starter at Macintyre today it’s lovely to read this and get a flavour of the work Macintyre does. Jean looks wonderful!

  • Linda Hunter says:

    Lovely photo of Jean she looks lovely in blue. It was lovely to see Jean on the day and how happy she was Jean. She was on the dance floor having fun and showing off her dress. Daniel and Kim you certainly made her day special .

  • Tess Marshall says:

    What a wonderful way to recognise Jean’s love of looking spiffy. And what a great chair!

  • Leander McFadden says:

    Lovely reflection – thank you for sharing – I visited Jean before the event and she showed me her new dress and was very excited about the event.

    Well done to all involved in making it personal.

  • Sandi says:

    Jean looked fab on the day, had so much fun dress shopping with Staff, going to the hairdressers and having her nails done
    Jean celebrated her own birthday the day after Macintyre’s party, the celebrations just kept going!!


  • Laura Selby says:

    Fab photo !! Jean looked so glamours, what a lovely day it was. Thank you Dan and Kim for making extra special for Jean.

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