Last year, East Ender Millie Finger starred in a film made year by social care charity, Jewish Care. Her story touched the hearts of many and over the last week, in the build up to her 100th birthday, Jewish Care reached out to the Facebook community to help make her 100th birthday extra special.
Born and raised in the East End today Milly lives alone in a council flat above Watney Market. Her daughter passed away a few years ago and the only family she has left is a niece and nephew neither of whom live nearby. In the film, she calls the Jewish Care Day Centre she visits 4 times a week her lifeline, “giving me a reason to live”.
Staff and volunteers at the Centre were determined to give her the 100th birthday celebration she deserves. Today, at her party attended by members from both the Stepney and Brenner Day Centre’s, volunteers and staff, Millie was presented with a bag full of cards and presents sent into Jewish Care from people she has never met before along with a card containing some of the 1,500 birthday messages posted through Facebook.
Commenting on the generosity and love the community has shown her Millie said;
“Its marvelous what everyone has done for me. I love you all. Thank you.”
“Today’s party was so much more than a 100th birthday celebration. It was Jewish Care at its very best. An abundance of love, warmth and sense of community is what made today so very special”.
Millie attends the Centre four days a week. She relies on Jewish Care’s mini buses to collect her and take her to the centre. She loves nothing more than chatting with her friends, dancing to entertainment and having her hair done each week at the centre. Without her regular visit’s there she would have no company, “I would just stare at the walls in my flat”.