Distant Relative of Famous Explorer Turns 100

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Bield-care industry newsA distant relative of David Livingstone, the famous Scots explorer of Africa, has celebrated her 100th birthday with friends at Bield’s Flexicare Service in Glasgow.

Chrissy Miller, who lives in Glasgow and has help seven days a week from Bield’s Glasgow Flexicare team – a service that looks to assist those with dementia by supporting them in their own home and community – celebrated her milestone birthday with a lunch and small party with friends.

Hailing originally from Springburn, Chrissy grew up in various parts of the area. Leaving school at the age of 14, Chrissy had a way with numbers, taking up a job as a cashier for a number of different companies.

Meeting her husband, Cyril, at Buchanan Bus Station in 1942, the couple went on to wed at Springburn Parish Church in 1952.

Staff of Glasgow’s Flexicare service were determined to celebrate Chrissy’s landmark birthday in style, planning a party which was attended by friends, staff and service users who use the Flexicare service.

Chrissy said of her celebrations: “I had a wonderful day celebrating with friends at Flexicare.

“We spent the afternoon having a good old sing song and a slice of birthday cake which was in the shape of the number 100.”

Chrissy has a love of knitting and enjoys visits from the therapet dogs, though she has a bit of her explorer relative in her genes, with a similar love of travelling and exploration.

She owes her longevity to good food, great parents and a marvellous husband.

The day’s celebrations were kicked off with a letter from the Queen, a telegram from the Department Work and Pensions and a fantastic bouquet of flowers from Glasgow City Council, all of which helped her to get into the birthday spirit.

Tracey Brown, Senior Flexicare Worker, said: “We all had a wonderful day celebrating Chrissy’s birthday.

“We have been working with Chrissy for around five years now and she has always been so much fun to work with, so we felt it was important that she celebrate her momentous birthday properly.

“We work to enrich the lives of those who use our services and so celebrations and events such as these are brilliant because not only do they mark an extremely significant birthday such as Chrissy’s, but they also help to encourage socialising, which is great.”

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