Care home resident proves it’s never too late to become a published author


At the age of 91, Lucy Pope has fulfilled her lifelong wish this month to publish a book with the support of a Wellbeing Coordinator at the care home where she resides.

Lucy, a resident of Birkin Lodge Care & Nursing Home since 2021, was supported by Lizzie Penman to write her first book, which is aimed at children.

“It’s my lifelong wish to be able to leave something behind for my grandchildren,” said Lucy.

Her book: ‘Lucy and The Bear: A Vivid Memory’ follows the tale of a young girl named Lucy who stumbles upon a bear in her garden.

The author hopes her debut book will help to spread her message that ‘you’re never too old to make your dreams come true’.

“I should know – I’m 91 years old!” Lucy said.

Birkin Lodge Care & Nursing Home would like to thank the local community for all their support creating the book.

A special thank you to Mesha Kneen who donated 20 illustrations, Michael Thame and Jo Price, without whom the book would not be possible and to Birkin Lodge’s Dawn Hann for helping with the illustrations.

Finally, a special thank you to Jem Authors Agency for publishing the book.

The owners of Birkin Lodge Care & Nursing Home, Country Court will be spreading Lucy’s message by sharing the book with all 36 of their homes across the UK to help inspire others to also follow their dreams.

‘Lucy and The Bear: A Vivid Memory’ is now available to buy in paperback at

It is Lucy’s wish for all royalties to be shared with residents at Birkin Lodge to ensure they can make their wishes come true.

For more information about Birkin Lodge Care & Nursing Home or to make an appointment to view the home, please contact Jo Tenwick, Home Manager at

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