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101-year-old woman becomes Britain’s oldest Beaver


Pip Peek has always wanted to be a Beaver (Picture: Westgate Healthcare / SWNS)

Pip Peek had her lifelong wish granted for Christmas after she was enrolled to become Britain’s oldest Beaver.

Pip, who is 101 years old, has always wanted to be a member of the Scouts group, but thought she was simply too old.

St Paul’s Care Centre in Hemel Hempstead, where Pip has lived for the last six years, has a wishing tree where residents can write down their wishes and hang them up.

Pip wrote down that she wished to become a Beaver, so staff got in touch with the local group.

A group of Beavers, all aged between six and eight years old, turned up at Pip’s bedside and welcomed her as an honourary member of the squad.

Pip was even granted a bright yellow neckerchief and received a full group salute.

Pip wrote her wish on the care home’s wishing tree (Picture: Westgate Healthcare / SWNS)

The Beavers then sang Christmas carols and handed out decorations and handmade Christmas cards to all of the residents at the care home.

Beth Marchant-Roe, head of activities at St Pauls Care Centre, which is run by Westgate Healthcare, said: ‘The Beavers bring so much energy to the home and it is infectious.

‘They encourage the residents to break out of their shells by singing, chatting and even exercising with them.

‘Our residents with dementia really enjoy the reminiscence they get from talking about their family and children, it’s always lovely to see,” Beth added.

Pip said: ‘I can’t believe my wish has come true. You’re all so lovely, how wonderful!’

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