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“Work hard, be happy and love more” secret to long life as resident at MHA Hartcliffe celebrates 102nd birthday

10 June 2024

A resident at MHA Hartcliffe celebrated her 102nd birthday and says the secret to a long life is “to work hard, be happy and love more”.

Gladys Gell lives at the Bristol home and celebrated her birthday with a party at the home.

She was joined by staff, residents and her family, including daughter Helen, son in law, John as well as her grand and great grandchildren.

To mark the occasion the home arranged for a tea party with live entertainment and Gladys wore a tiara and sash which was made by the staff.

MHA Hartcliffe provides nursing care for 65 residents

Angela Osbourne, administration manager said: “Glady really enjoyed her birthday party, we had Johnny Smyth Sings come along and entertain everyone for her and we all sang to her.  

“Gladys was a nurse throughout her working life, we think as a matron/sister.  

“She came to us just before her 101st birthday on 26th May 2023 from Nottingham, where she lived in a supported living scheme until a fall meant she was deemed to require nursing care.  

“Her son lives in Salisbury and daughter lives in Bristol, so they decided to move her to Bristol.

“During the afternoon, we had a tea party with birthday cake. Her family also bought scones, which were homemade for the staff.  

"Gladys also received several bouquets of flowers from various friends and family, including one from her grandson in America and one from the staff at Hartcliffe.

"Gladys loved the music and singalong, the attention and she also said ‘all this for little old me’, she wasn’t expecting the party but knew it was her birthday, when we asked her age kept saying 21 and the secret for a long life is ‘Work hard, be happy and love more’”