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Phyllis Celebrates Milestone 100th Birthday At Longwood Grange

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Congratulations were in order at Longwood Grange in July when Resident Phyllis McCartney celebrated her 100th birthday.

Phyllis’ family arranged for her loved ones to assemble outside the Huddersfield care home for a socially-distanced celebration before Colleagues hosted a special afternoon tea in her honour.

Her daughter Sharon provided Prosecco and a big birthday cake for all the Residents to share and praised Longwood Grange for taking such excellent care of her mum.

Sharon said: “I cannot praise Longwood Grange enough, they’ve helped us celebrate Mum’s birthday in style.

“They’ve provided outstanding care to Mum and the other Residents throughout the pandemic - we’re so grateful to them for going above and beyond.

“It’s nice to know she enjoyed her big day with all her new friends and was thoroughly spoilt by the wonderful team there.”

Phyllis was born on 27th July 1920 and was the fourth of ten children. She met her husband Alexander during the Second World War when he was evacuated from Dunkirk and billeted at Cambridge Road in Birkby. The couple married in 1941, had three children – Jacqueline, Robert and Sharon - and lived happily together until Alexander died in 1995.

During her career, Phyllis worked in catering at ICI, serving up food to workers in the canteens and working at events. She was the backbone of her family, taking on the role of matriarch to her nine brothers and sisters after their mother died young.

Sharon said she believes the secret to her mum’s long, happy life was her tough upbringing.

Sharon added, “Mum was born at a time when there was no mollycoddling! They didn’t have central heating, indoor toilets or anything when she was a girl.

“She’s taken the strength she developed as a child through into her adult life. Mum’s always battled everything and got on with life. She’s very independent and she’s always liked to do everything herself.

“After Dad died, she lived alone at our family home until she was 98 quite happily. She’s an incredible lady - we’re very proud of her.”

As well as the family and Longwood Grange celebrations, Phyllis also received a telegram from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II wishing her well on her milestone birthday.

Deputy Home Manager Ben Makwar said it was wonderful for the home to host such a special occasion.

Ben said: “We had a terrific day celebrating Phyllis’ 100th birthday.

“Her family were so kind as to make sure all the Residents could be part of the celebration, enjoy some bubbles and cake.

“Phyllis is an inspiration to us all, and we’re delighted we could throw her a birthday celebration to mark the occasion.

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Posted on 12th August 2020

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