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Edward marks 100th birthday with David Beckham visit

7 May 2020
Edward having cakes delivered on his birthday.

A Sanctuary Housing resident received a surprise visit from David Beckham to mark his 100th birthday.

Edward Allum, who lives in Witney, Oxfordshire, was “shocked” when the former England football captain turned up on his doorstep with a card and a bottle of scotch to celebrate his centenary.

Mr Allum, who turns 100 today (7 May), said: “It was extremely pleasant to meet him, he was a very down to earth gentleman but it was a big shock.”

Housing officer Sophie Hepden, who delivered cakes to Mr Allum on his birthday, added: “Reaching 100 years old is such a milestone in Edward’s life and this was a lovely gesture.”

The visit was arranged by Age UK Oxfordshire as part of the charity’s Emergency Coronavirus Appeal.

Laurie Boult, Fundraising Director at Age UK, commented: “We are delighted that David Beckham (pictured during his Age UK appeal on Instagram) and his family are supporting Age UK’s Emergency Coronavirus Appeal.

David Beckham promoting the Age UK appeal.

“This is an exceptionally challenging time for everyone, especially for older people, so we desperately need as much support as possible so we can continue being there for those who need us.”

Mr Allum will also be one of the many former servicemen marking the 75th anniversary of VE Day tomorrow (8 May).

He served as a gunner and said he would be “raising a glass” to honour the occasion.

The centenarian is in regular contact with his family and grandchildren and is looking forward to celebrating with them once the lockdown is over.

Edward's cakes from Sanctuary Housing.


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