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100-year-old Sallie celebrates with birthday gift to Birmingham Children's Hospital

By Harriet Evans | Wednesfield | News | Published:

A generous centenarian who asked for donations for Birmingham Children’s Hospital for her birthday has raised hundreds of pounds

Sallie Ward from Bushbury, as she turns 100.

Sallie Ward, who turned 100 on November 5, asked friends and family for donations to the charity instead of gifts which have totalled £640.

She chose the children’s hospital as one of her great-great grandchildren was born with only one kidney and regularly attends the city hospital for treatment.

Sallie Ward pictured in her younger days

Sallie, who has lived in Wednesfield all of her life, has always put her family first after she left school at the age of 13 to help care for her younger brothers after her mother died.

She married Ernest Ward at Bushbury Church and they had one child, Deanna Allsop.

Now, Sallie has three granddaughters, five great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren.

Later in her life, she worked numerous jobs and found her passion working as a silver service waitress and worked until she was 84 years old.

Deanna Allsop, Sallie’s daughter, said: “If anyone asks mum what her secret to a long life is she would say good food, hard work and a good family.

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“She took pride in her work and she was even asked to work as a silver server at the Molineux when the Queen visited the stadium, which was a real honour for her.”

Goodyear pensioner’s club and Greenfield Golf Club both hosted parties to mark the milestone and friends and family have flocked to wish her well.

Sallie Ward as she turns 100 and her daughter Deena Allsopp, 79, and friends and family

Deanna added: “Mum’s always been fun-loving and she enjoyed going on holiday with the Goodyear pensioner’s club and dressing up, even her cake had a figure of her dressed as catwoman on top of it.

“She’s really loved celebrating. She’s always enjoyed socialising and being the life and soul of the party, she’s been like the Queen welcoming all her visitors.”

Harriet Evans

By Harriet Evans
Community Reporter - @HarrietEvans_ES

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, covering the issues affecting young people across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Contact me at harriet.evans@expressandstar.co.uk

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