Kay Hurley, who lives at Friends of the Elderly’s Bernard Sunley care home in Woking, celebrated her 107th birthday this 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. The home’s chef made a delicious picnic which was enjoyed on the trip.
Born in County Kildere in Ireland and christened Catherine, she moved to England at the age of 21. Kay married Thomas Hurley, a military policeman, and went to live in Austria whilst he was stationed there. They went on to have two daughters, Becky and Marie, and Kay now has three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Kay and Thomas were married for nearly 71 years until Thomas passed away in 2003.
Kay was a talented horse rider in her youth and loved riding bareback. She was a wonderful cook making the best roast dinners and Victoria sponges. Kay has always loved playing cards, knitting and crocheting. She has always taken a keen interest in fashion and is well known in the care home for being someone who enjoys having her hair and nails done regularly.
Karen Baker, Manager of Bernard Sunley, said, “Kay has lived with us for four years now, she is a well-liked resident and so we had a brilliant time celebrating her 107th 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 what the secret is to living to 107, Kay said, “Healthy living and not taking life too seriously.”