Resident celebrates 100 years

Olive Taylor, a resident at Borough Care’s Bryn Haven home in Brinnington, Stockport, recently celebrated her 100th birthday.

As well as a special birthday card and a telegram from the Queen, Olive received over 140 cards from all over the UK and beyond. Some of the cards were sent as part of the Postcards of Kindness initiative, which Bryn Haven is participating in. The campaign was set up to combat loneliness and remind care home residents that there’s always someone thinking of them.

Currently, over 930 care homes around the world have joined the Postcards of Kindness Facebook group, with over 28,000 members sending cards. People took the time to send Olive birthday cards from around the world, including the US and Australia, and she and her family were overwhelmed with the kindness shown.

To mark Olive’s century, singer Samantha Jones entertained her family and fellow residents at Bryn Haven before everyone tucked into her birthday cake, which was made by care assistant Michelle Gallimore. A 100th birthday framed picture was made especially for Olive by Lisa-Jane Jones, laundry assistant at Bryn Haven. The picture now takes pride of place in Olive’s bedroom.

Olive has two children, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. During her working life she was a district nurse working around the Stockport area. After retiring, she spent many years volunteering for a number of different charities.