Local community help Anne celebrate 100th birthday

15th November 2021

The team wanted to make the day extra special for Anne, so they sent out an appeal to the local community to send in 100 cards to help celebrate her 100th birthday – the response was immense and 110 cards were received in total.

“Her face was a picture on her birthday, surrounded by so many cards as well as the card from the Queen; she smiled so much when she saw the picture and her name in the card,” explained Debby.

Born in India, she was the only child of a father who was Aide Decamp to the Governor General until 1946. Anne worked in the Red Cross ambulance service driving during the war and from age 24 to 26, she ran leave hostels in Darjeeling and later in Singapore, which were provided by the Special Armed Forces during 1944 – 1946. She was in charge of organising clothing, accommodation and food for British women and children released from Japanese concentration camps in Malay and the Far East, until they could be repatriated to the UK.

Anne has been married four times and had two children. A son who sadly passed away at the age of 50 and a daughter Ruth who resides in Los Angeles. Anne is a great great grandmother and all of her grandchildren live in and around America.

When asked what her secret to living a long life is, she replies “the reason why I’m still alive is due to the care I receive from the lovely staff. And, of course keeping active and eating well.”

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