Resident celebrates 105 birthday with family and friends

Whitgift House resident celebrates impressive 105 birthday milestone in true Whitgift Care fashion.

Leila Day, a treasured resident at Whitgift House, celebrated a magnificent 105th Birthday on 13 December 2015.

Leila is now officially Whitgift Care’s oldest resident, breaking the previous age record of 104 years and two months for Whitgift House.

To celebrate, Leila alongside fellow Whitgift House residents, staff and her family gathered together for a party like no other to mark her special day.

The community room was full of cheer and laughter celebrating this special event. Everyone enjoyed an afternoon of live music by the Cantilena Singers – an excellent ladies’ choir, who performed a special rendition of Happy Birthday, which had the whole room singing!

Leila received a very special birthday card from the Queen, with a delightful new photograph as well as an impressive birthday cake from Whitgift Care.

With a collection of memories over the years, here’s a look at Leila’s life story in numbers:

1910 –Leila was born

7 – Leila was the second child of seven children

14 – Was the age Leila begun to stay at home helping her mother look after the large family

18 – Was the age she trained as a nurse at Wallasey, passing all her exams and became a staff nurse in Goole, Yorkshire.  

1931 – Leila met her husband Stanley Mitcalfe Day, an English Teacher and later, Headteacher

1935 –Leila and Stanley married on August 24th

1936 - 41 – Their three children were born: Linda, Richard and John

1941 – 45 – Leila and the family followed Stanley around the different RAF stations where he was Flight Lieutenant during WWII

1985 – Leila and Stanley celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary

103 – Leila lived at Wilhelmina House, part of Whitgift Care and celebrated her 103rd Birthday there.

 

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