Friday, 19 August 2022

Woman celebrates 103rd birthday with cake and cards

A GREAT grandmother celebrated her 103rd birthday at a care home in Henley on Monday.

A GREAT grandmother celebrated her 103rd birthday at a care home in Henley on Monday.

Peggy Dixon, who has lived at Chilterns End in Greys Road for almost four years, was given orchids and a cake with a sparkler.

She spent the day celebrating with staff and fellow residents and enjoyed sandwiches and tea.

She said: “I’ve had lots of flowers and nearly 20 cards. The staff here have been very good. I think it’s marvellous that they arranged it.”

Mrs Dixon grew up in south London and married her husband Leonard when she was 25. The couple moved to Benhams Lane, Fawley, in 1968 and Mr Dixon worked as a gardener.

He died in 1977 and two years later Mrs Dixon moved to New Street, Henley. Her children, Pat, Jillian, Malcolm and Philip, live on the south coast and she has 14 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.

She moved to a nursing home in Didcot in 2009 before switching to Chilterns End in 2012.

She said: “I enjoy doing crosswords and I go to the stroke club where I paint. The pictures are all on the wall of my bedroom.

“When I think I used to dance and play tennis and netball!”

Helen Middleton, the home’s activities  co-ordinator, said: “Today is actually Dignity Action Day.

“It just so happens it was Peggy’s birthday as well so we thought we would have an afternoon tea party.

“All the residents are quite familiar with each other so they like to celebrate each other’s birthdays.”

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