Afro-Caribbean elder gets royal greeting

ON 05 January 2017


Pansy Jeffrey, who set up the Pepper Pot Centre in 1981, wished a happy 90th birthday by The Queen.

Pansy Jeffrey, who set up the Pepper Pot Centre 34 years ago to help combat discrimination, isolation, depression and loneliness amongst the growing generation of Caribbean older people, received the message from the Queen for her 90th birthday.

Her Majesty opened the Centre in 1981 and visited again 25 years later in 2006. Jeffrey’s son, Howard Jeffrey MBE, who is also the PPC chairman, invited the Queen to attend the 90-year-old’s birthday celebrations last month at the Centre based in Ladbroke Grove.

The son received a response from the Queen’s Lady-in-Waiting which read: “Her Majesty was pleased to be reminded of the Pepper Pot Centre Services which are greatly valued among all communities in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and, although unable to join you in celebrating the founder’s special birthday, The Queen hopes that Mrs Jeffrey has a memorable time at the Day Centre.”