This photo was taken in the spring of 2020, one day before Jubilee Manor resident Daisy Lee’s 100th birthday. At this point it had been more than two months since she’d had any visitors due to COVID restrictions. With her is Ben the 21 year old resident cat. Ben arrived at Jubilee and made himself at home in 2005. Over the next 16 years Ben would win the hearts of many residents, family and visitors. Ben provided companionship, unconditional love and cuddles.
A grant from Osprey’s Sheba Fund helped cover Ben’s vet bills when he became sick. The Sheba Fund was established by a generous anonymous donor. Animal Welfare and Seniors in Care were two of the charitable interests of this donor, and what better way to honour these wishes? Ben died in 2021 at the age of 22, but the Sheba Fund endowment will continue to earn income and support future programming for Seniors in Care and Animal Welfare in perpetuity.