Happy 102nd birthday for Elsie
IN 1909 British explorer Ernest Shackleton discovered the magnetic South Pole and the very first Woolworths store opened its doors.
It was also the year that Elsie Heath from Blythe Bridge was born in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent.
And on Tuesday, July 26, Elsie celebrated her 102nd birthday with her nephew Peter Edwards and his wife Pat, from Bramshall. Also joining them were residents from Stafford and Rural Homes’ Blythe Lodge Independent Living Scheme.
“For someone of 102 I don’t think I’ve had a bad life,” said Elsie.
Elsie was one of 10 children and has lived in the Blythe Bridge area all her life.
She worked in the pottery industry and her fondest memories are of being in the factory – or pot bank – with her friends and family and all the fun they used to have despite working very hard.
In her elder years Elsie believes being able to continue living independently in her own home is one of the main reasons she has been able to enjoy such a long and happy life.
Elsie’s home is fitted with Lifeline sensors which are constantly monitored by SARH giving her peace of mind that help is always there should an accident happen.
“I don’t get out much now but I get a visit every day to chat and check I’m alright,” said Elsie.
“I haven’t left anything on like the cooker so I am quite happy watching the comings and goings of the Close.”
She is visited daily by SARH Independent Living Co-ordinator Norma Walton to make sure everything is OK.
“On behalf of everyone at Blythe Lodge and SARH I would like to wish Elsie a very happy birthday, she is one of our oldest customers and a lovely lady,” said Norma.
“My job is to offer Elsie all the support she needs to make her feel safe in her home and live her life as independently as possible so I’m delighted to share this celebration with her.”