Cranmer Court welcomes Crystal Palace ace

Local Cranmer Court care home welcomed a special guest recently to help one of their residents celebrate his 100th birthday in style.

Fresh from the team’s victory over Chelsea this weekend, Crystal Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni paid Mr Charles Wick a surprise visit on Monday to present the longstanding club fan with a special signed shirt.

Charles was born in Kingston upon Thames on 31st March 1914 and attended the local Tiffin School. He married his wife, Doris, on 1st June 1938 and moved to the South Croydon area where Doris lived. It was at this point that Charles started supporting the local football team, Crystal Palace, a team he has been passionate about ever since.

Charles had a season ticket for many years and used to watch Palace’s home matches with his son-in-law, John. He remembers fondly that they would meet under the ‘G’ of the Treble Gold advert within the Selhurst Park football ground.

Charles worked in the wine and spirit trade for more than 40 years before retiring in 1979, following which he moved to Eastbourne. He continued to follow the progress of his beloved Crystal Palace avidly and when returning to visit his family each Christmas would always attend the Boxing Day matches when they were at Selhurst Park. Indeed the last match he attended was when he was at the spritely age of 92!

Charles moved to Cranmer Court Care Home with Nursing in July 2013 as the residential home he had been living in was closing and he wanted to be closer to his family.

Charles and John have passed on their passion for Crystal Palace to Charles’ granddaughter Juliette, who now holds a season ticket herself. Juliette was as surprised and overwhelmed as Charles when Julian Speroni, Crystal Palace’s long-standing Goalkeeper, arrived at Cranmer Court on Charles’ 100th birthday to present him with a special signed shirt.

Cranmer Court manager, Norah Davey has seen the celebrations come together nicely in recent weeks:

‘Charles has been looking forward to his 100th birthday over the last few months, and the landmark occasion has certainly been celebrated in style! He was delighted that 30 members of his family were able to get together, with some travelling from as far afield as Scotland, America and Canada. They were all delighted to see the card that Charles received from the Queen, and revelled in joining in with ‘Elvis’, who entertained Charles and all of the other residents at Cranmer Court, before the surprise arrival of Julian Speroni. What a birthday to remember!’

Situated on Farleigh Common near Warlingham, Cranmer Court is a modern, purpose-built care home, providing residential and nursing care for up to 62 elderly people. The home is run by the family-owned Caring Homes group, which was founded by mother and son team, Helena and Paul Jeffery.

Cranmer Court

Home Manager

Norah Davey


Farleigh Common,
Farleigh Road,

0808 223 5421
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