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Margaret celebrates centenary

Margaret Reilly

Margaret Reilly had a hundred good reasons to smile recently, as she celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by family and friends. She marked the occasion with an afternoon tea party at St Joseph’s Care Home in Coleshill.

Margaret’s relatives flew in from Ireland on the morning of her birthday to join in her special celebrations. Those who couldn’t come sent messages and photographs and spoke to her through a video link. She was then joined by friends for the party, organised by staff at the home.

Mary Reid, Margaret’s niece, said she was the first person in the family to reach a century, so it was a wonderful occasion for them all. Mary said, “We weren’t sure she’d see the day. But, last year, one of her carers said to us, ‘Margaret will live to 100’ and we held on to that bit of hope.”

Margaret received a telegram from the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Amber Rudd MP, congratulating her and wishing her many happy returns on her milestone birthday.

/media/news/library/reading-her-telegram.jpgStaff at the home baked a special cake and laid on party food for Margaret and her guests to enjoy as they listened to live music from an Irish singer. Father Hudson’s Chief Executive, Andy Quinn, also dropped in to wish her a happy birthday. He presented Margaret with a certificate from Father Hudson’s Care. She was delighted with this and her family added it to her folder as a keepsake.

Mary said, “It was a fabulous day. It was lovely to see all the residents come out and for Andy Quinn to come and see her.”

Born in Ireland, Margaret moved to London in her twenties. Mary said, “She lived a humble, clean living life in London and went to Mass every day. To move to such a big city by herself, especially during the war, took a lot of strength. But Margaret was very tough and independent.

“We are very pleased with the care she has at St Joseph’s and want to thank the staff there for helping us organise her party. It was a truly lovely day.”

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