Ledbury care home hosts surprise party for one of Herefordshire’s oldest women


A LOCAL care home resident has celebrated her 105th birthday with a virtual birthday bash.

Staff at Ledbury Nursing home came together and helped Gladys Patricia Tolver, also known as Pat, celebrate her birthday in her room, where she chatted to her family on Skype.

COVID-19 restrictions meant Pat could not see her family in person, but the 105-year-old was pleased to see her two sons, Anthony and Brian, and her daughter Maureen on video call.

Pat, originally from Norfolk, received many cards, gifts and flowers, as well as a special card from the Queen.

At just 11, Pat’s mother died, leaving her to help care for her family. She first worked as a parlour maid, then went on to work in a hospital and finally in a chocolate factory.

She went on to meet her future husband Frederick, with whom she later had her three children, and has since gone on to be a grandmother and great-grandmother. Despite her age, she continues to enjoy many hobbies, such as reading, painting and needlework.

Home manager, Hayley Attwood, said: “Although her birthday was a little different this year due to the ongoing pandemic, we hope that Pat enjoyed her celebrations.

“She’s a much-loved member of the community here in Ledbury, and we were delighted to spend her 105th birthday with her.”


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