Special party as Eileen turns 105

Residents and staff at a South Staffordshire care home have helped a special lady celebrate her 105th birthday.

Celebrating her 105th birthday, Eileen Summerton with manager Jayne Lilley, left, and activities co-ordinator Louise Page
Celebrating her 105th birthday, Eileen Summerton with manager Jayne Lilley, left, and activities co-ordinator Louise Page

Eileen Summerton, who has lived at Springfield House Care Home in Oaken Drive, Codsall, since 2019, was treated to a party on Wednesday to mark the special occasion.

Although no visitors were allowed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic – there were balloons, cards and gifts and a birthday cake in the main hall.

Activities coordinator Louise Page said Eileen, who was born on Thursday, February 17, 1916, has always eaten small meals and never been a drinker or smoker.

“She was married but had no children,” said Louise. “She was a housewife, liked playing bridge and whist and used to enjoy visiting the Peak District.”

Louise added that Eileen, who had her first Covid-19 vaccination four weeks ago, likes to sit by the window and watch the birds feed and look at the flowers – her mum used to grow blooms and sell them to market stalls.

“She enjoys watching TV and listening to old music,” added Louise who said all residents’ birthdays are celebrated but this was “a bit more special” being Eileen’s 105th.

More than 50 residents live at Springfield House Care Home.

Last summer, 10-year-old Ben Simpson, who lives in Penkridge, helped to raise £200 for the home after completing a 50-mile bike ride.

He wanted to raise funds for the care home, where his grandmother Josephine lives, after learning they had to cancel their summer fair due to coronavirus restrictions.

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