Everyone at Gildawood Court Care Home in Attleborough was celebrating this weekend as popular resident Mercia Emma Oliver reached her 100th Birthday.
The day itself was marked by a party at the purpose-built home for Mercia’s family, fellow residents and staff as she showed off her much-anticipated telegram from the Queen.
Mercia was born in Nuneaton on 4th November 1912 as the youngest of twelve children. She was brought up in a mining village on the outskirts of Bedworth called Griff Colliery of which her Father was the Manager. When she left school she worked for Courtaulds, a well known factory in Nuneaton before training as a Hairdresser, which resulted in her having her own business in Nuneaton.
On going to her best friend’s party she met her future husband Stephen, who was on leave from the Army. It was love at first sight and they went on to marry and have three children.
Having spent numerous holidays in Benidorm, they decided to live in Spain when they retired and lived there for 13 years until Stephen sadly passed away. After three further years in Spain, Mercia decided to come back to England and initially lived with her son in Barwell, Leicestershire. Mercia then got her own flat there and lived until the age of 98. Upon looking for somewhere to move that offered more support, Mercia decided to return to Warwickshire and moved into Gildawood Court.
Located in the quiet village of Attleborough, less than a mile from Nuneaton in Warwickshire, Gildawood Court provides specialist dementia care in two purpose-built buildings for up to 60 elderly people. The home is run by the family-owned Caring Homes Group. Mother and son team Helena and Paul Jeffery founded Caring Homes in 1994 and the Group has grown to become a leading independent care provider in the UK.