One hundred years young and over 330 birthday wishes!


Hilda Fleming, who lives at Aaron Court Care Home, in Ellesmere Port, received more than 330 birthday cards following an appeal from the home.

Staff had hoped to get 100 cards to mark Hilda’s 100 years but were surprised when more than three times their target flooded through the post box.

Alongside cards from family, friends and staff at the home, contributions came in from the wider community, including pupils from two Ellesmere Port schools.

Cambridge Road Primary School and William Stockton Primary School handmade more than 100 cards between them to celebrate Hilda’s centenary.

Two days before her birthday, more than a dozen pupils from William Stockton Primary also visited the home to sing a modern version of Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag.

Hilda recently became a Facebook sensation when thousands watched her rendition of the First World War marching song, originally published in 1915, just four years before she was born.

The following day, she was treated to a complimentary afternoon tea, donated by Holiday Inn Ellesmere Port, where Hilda and guests had their own private room overlooking the docks.

On her birthday, Friday, 19th April, Hilda received a hand massage and manicure from Charlotte Goodacre, a self-employed nail technician.

She was then thrown a garden party at Aaron Court Care Home, attended by family, friends, staff and local dignitaries.

Hilda was joined by her daughters Barbara Donoghue, who flew in especially from Australia, and Jean Doyle and her husband Paul.

Ellesmere Port and Neston MP Justin Madders and Deputy Mayor Paul Donovan also attended the party.

DJ Chris Jones provided a complimentary performance and nearby Fagan’s Café donated and delivered 100 cakes.
Hilda said: “I thank everyone who has come and spared the time. I’m very, very pleased so many have turned up. Thank you all for all the effort you’ve put in to make this my day. Thank you.”

Lindsey Bevan, home manager at Aaron Court Care Home, said: “We had a brilliant turnout for Hilda’s birthday, with family, friends and local dignitaries all taking the time to come and wish such a special lady a happy birthday.

“The response we had to our birthday card appeal has also been amazing – far exceeding the original target. Hilda was absolutely delighted to receive so many cards, as well as a special visit and performance from school pupils.

“The strong community spirit in Ellesmere Port really showed with everyone taking time out and putting the effort in to make Hilda’s 100th birthday extra-special. We can’t thank everyone involved enough.”


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