Emmanuelle, resident tortoise at Oxford’s Regent’s Park College, turned 113 on Saturday and celebrated with a garden party in the college grounds.
Emmanuelle, with help from organisers, staged a packed programme of activities and the day also contributed to our fight against meningitis.
All those attending shelled out a £4 entry fee towards our ongoing work. The Junior Common Room at Regent’s Park College has been supporting us since student Antonia Bruch died from the disease in 2009.
On offer at the event, apart from tortoises, were a range of live musical attractions, drama performances of Aesop’s Fables, a bouncy castle, a bake off competition judged by former junior masterchef contender Sam Woor, food, drink and a range of stalls.
Regent’s Park College student Thomas Jordan, who helped to organise the birthday bash, said: “In life, there are few more important dates than that of Emmanuelle’s birthday. Thanks to everyone who came along to celebrate with her as she reached the grand old age of 113.”
Carrie Bater, Community Fundraiser at Meningitis Now, said: “We’d like to congratulate Emmanuelle on her birthday and wish her Many Happy Returns. We look forward to being back next year.”