However, her neighbours in the Madrid apartment block where she has lived for decades but is threatened with eviction, were determined not to let the day pass unnoticed.
In a video that has warmed hearts across Spain after being shared on social media, a surprised Charo, dressed in dressing gown and slippes is seen opening her front door to discover a neighbour has left her a cake with a candle.
Told that she needs to come out and come to the window, she is met by all her neighbours who are hanging out of their windows overlooking the buildings central courtyard.
Her face crinkles into a toothless smile and she wipes away tears as the peeks from the window to hear her neighbours burst into the song “Cumpleaños Feliz”.
Charo vive sola y hoy cumple años.
Es una de las vecinas del edificio #Churruca15, uno de los 14 edificios vendidos por #Fusara en Lavapiés (Madrid). La quieren deshauciar de casa. Hoy sus vecinos,desde el aislamiento, le han felicitado de una forma especial.#cuarentena pic.twitter.com/yxIBco0vTX
— Ibon Perez (@ibonpereztv) March 16, 2020
This is just one of the many stories that serve to highlight the community spirit being shared during lockdown in Spain as people are confined to their homes in a bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus.