04 September 2020

Celebrations were well underway at Oakcroft House Bupa Care Home last week when staff and residents came together for the 105th birthday of resident Winifred Keel.

Newspaper readers who responded to a plea for Winifred to receive 105 birthday cards, managed to help raise the total number of cards received to 135, 30 more than the target.

Staff at the home collected and presented her with the cards, which she opened over the course of a few days. An official celebration was held where Winifred and guests, including her son, Bill enjoyed tea and cake whilst exchanging stories.

Having lived through the Second World War, Winifred is grateful for her husband and two children, describing the marriage and births as the most memorable moments of her life.

When asked the secret to a long, happy life, Winifred said: “Do what you love doing and stay away from faddy diets!”

A lover of dance, Winifred spent many years working as a semi-professional dancer, which she did before marrying her husband in 1939.

Winifred also spent time working in the accounts department of the Milk Marketing Board in Millbank, London, in an office which overlooked The River Thames.

Speaking of the celebration, Oggie Gelacio who manages the home, said: “We had a brilliant time celebrating Winifred’s birthday. We always like to make an effort for residents’ birthdays, particularly with them being such huge milestones.”

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