Grimsby care home resident celebrates her 100th birthday and shares tips on long life

Staff and residents at the Grimsby Grange & Manor Care Home on Second Avenue, Nunsthorpe, came together to celebrate the 100th birthday of Vera Sak, who didn’t hesitate in sharing her tips on how to live a long life.

“My top tip to live to 100 years old is to keep your brain active and eat lots of toast,” Vera advised.

Staff at the care home organised a tea party for centenarian Vera, born in 1921, to celebrate her milestone birthday. Residents enjoyed a cake sent by Vera’s family, who also came to wish her a happy birthday in the care home’s special designated visitor’s pod.

Vera spent her birthday surrounded by her numerous ‘100’ balloons, bouquets of flowers, chocolates and sweets, along with many thoughtfully-written cards, including one from the Queen herself, who is known for sending people special cards on their centennial birthdays.

She also spent time reminiscing with staff about her full and exciting life with her husband, Frank, and their family. The pair were married for over 55 years and had two sons, Robert and John, who gave the couple their four grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She said: “Happy birthday to me. I am 20 today! I’ve had a lovely day spent with the most important people in my life and surrounded by my beautiful flowers.”

Vera ended her special day with a Zoom party with several of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who all sang happy birthday to her.

Caroline Whelpton, Home Manager at the Grimsby Grange & Manor Care Home, said: “It was a brilliant day enjoyed by all, and especially Vera.”

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