Alma Bennett, has celebrated her 100th birthday with friends, family and staff at The Meadows Care Home in Coalville.
Alma was born in Shepshed and lived in Ring Fence before moving to The Meadows in 2009. She worked in several local factories, finishing her working life at Greens shoe factory. Alma’s two nieces regularly visit The Meadows and joined in the birthday celebrations on the day.
She puts the secret of longevity down to "a happy life, enjoying her working life and never letting things get her down."
Alma celebrated her landmark birthday with a tea party where she was entertained by an accordionist who led a singsong, something Alma always enjoys. A birthday cake made by the home’s activities co-ordinator Isa Wilkinson, who also arranged a special showing of Alma’s favourite film, ‘Three Coins in the Fountain’, and a card from The Queen topped off the day. Isa Wilkinson, activities co-ordinator, said: “I was very proud to be able to arrange the party and help Alma celebrate her 100th birthday. She is a big part of our community here at The Meadows and it was a really happy day for Alma, surrounded by family and friends.”
The Meadows offers nursing, residential and continuing health care for older people with age related illnesses. Silvana Sullivan-Byrne, home manager, said: “We create and help maintain lifestyles that are as similar as possible to those enjoyed at home and encourage residents to remain as active as possible, enjoying the events and entertainment.”
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