Local lady Eileen Kelk celebrated her 100th birthday in style at Ruddington Manor, located on Ruddington Lane in Wilford, despite being in lockdown.
Having received a telegram and birthday card from The Queen, Eileen proudly carried these around all day, showing other residents with delight.
The team at Ruddington Manor organised a fun-filled day of celebrations for Eileen, including a very special social distanced lunch with her friends. Thanks to technology, she was able to spend time virtually with her family too, chatting to her children and grandchildren via Zoom and Facetime.
Eileen also enjoyed watching a video of her life story in the cinema room, footage that had been put together by her family as a surprise gift.
Commenting on her 100th birthday celebrations, Eileen said: “I was blown away by the video made by my family; it captured all the important moments of in my life throughout the decades. It was incredibly special to see that on the big screen.
“I have been inundated with cards and postcards from friends all over the world, which was very kind, with the furthest birthday card coming from Australia. And of course, I was so proud to receive a birthday card and telegram from The Queen.
“I’ve had such a lovely day and it is thanks to the team at Ruddington Manor; they all made sure I marked this milestone in style.”
Born in Killamarsh, Derbyshire, Eileen attended a local school in Sheffield before going to teacher training college in Liverpool, qualifying as a primary school teacher. She married in 1946 and had four children; two boys and two girls.
Amy Simpson, wellbeing coordinator at Ruddington Manor, adds: “Turning 100 is such a special occasion and Eileen was very much looking forward to celebrating this birthday with family and friends. I didn’t want lockdown to ruin those plans, so, together with her family, we ensured the celebrations continued and that she had a truly memorable day. With cards, gifts, calls and messages from all over the world, Eileen thoroughly enjoyed her 100th birthday!”
Ruddington Manor is an expertly designed, state-of-the-art 66 bed care facility with an exceptional clinical offering, including residential, nursing and dementia care services. The care home features elegant private bedrooms with en suite wet rooms, stylish communal lounges and dining rooms, plus secure beautifully landscaped gardens.