Celebrations are in order at Colinton Care Home in Edinburgh, as remarkable resident Winnie Jackson turned 106 on April 24th.
Winnie was born in Sheffield in 1913, to parents Mary and Albert Jackson. After moving to Scotland with her family, Winnie attended school in Stirling and then Kirkcaldy, before joining her father’s insurance company.
Following this, Winnie travelled the world with the Women’s Royal Army Corps, visiting a number of exotic locations such as Egypt, Malaysia, East Africa, Hong Kong and Singapore.
On her return to the UK, Winnie lived in London where she worked for the Ministry of Defence until retirement. Winnie moved back to Edinburgh in 1984, where she participated in a number of voluntary activities including helping out with the Cluny Parish Church and working for 10 years as an assistant for Oxfam.
Winnie claims her long life can be attributed to her time travelling the world, the great friends she made along the way, and the odd Gin and Tonic here and there.
Winnie has always been an extremely sociable person, regularly attending church and a variety of other social outings and activities.
Gordon Philip, General Manager of Colinton Care Home said: “Winnie has been a resident here for 9 years and when she arrived played an active role in the residents committee and helping develop our service within the home. She enjoys getting up every day and has her own routine. The team here at Colinton are all very fond of her.”