Kay Hurley, who lives at Bernard Sunley care home in Woking, celebrated her 106th birthday last week. This incredible milestone was marked with a special afternoon boat trip on Surrey Care Trust’s Swingbridge with fellow residents and staff from the care home, which is run by national charity Friends of the Elderly. The home’s chef made a delicious picnic, which was enjoyed along with a birthday cake and some bubbly on the trip.
Born in Carlow in Ireland and christened Catherine, she moved to England at the age of 21. Kay married a military policeman and went to live in Austria for a while whilst he was stationed there. They went on to have two daughters, Becky and Marie, Kay now has three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Kay has always been an active lady who loves bingo, cards and dominos – which she still plays today with her fellow Bernard Sunley residents. She is well known in the care home for being someone who enjoys having her hair and nails done regularly and for her love of statement jewellery. Always a keen cook, Kay is famous amongst her family and friends for making Victoria sponge cake and roast dinners.
Julia Christodoulides, Manager of Bernard Sunley, said: “Kay has lived with us for three years now, she is a well-liked resident and so we had a brilliant time celebrating her 106th birthday. Kay is young at heart and knows how to have fun, which we all think is the secret to a long and happy life.”
When asked how it feels to be 106, Kay shook her head, smiled, looked at her gifts and said: “I just can’t believe it.”
Kay received a card from the Queen and a medal from the president of Ireland to mark the occasion.