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Sanctuary Housing celebrate resident’s 100th birthday in vintage style

8 May 2015

Sanctuary Housing threw a vintage style party for one of their oldest residents to celebrate reaching her 100th birthday.

Nelly Badham was born in 1915 and moved to Worcester when she was just 16 years old. A long standing resident, Nelly was one of the first to move into Sanctuary’s John Gwynn House in the 1980s.

During the Second World War Nelly worked in a munitions factory in Diglis and then went on to raise a family of five. She later enjoyed a career in a local cake shop in St Johns.

The swinging party was held at the riverside Warmstry Court, Sanctuary’s nearby Retirement Living Scheme. Family, friends and guests enjoyed food, entertainment and music.

Ian McDermott, Sanctuary’s chief operating officer, said: “It was a pleasure to present Nelly with her card and gift from Sanctuary. Living independently at the age of 100 is something we should all aspire to.”

Nelly added: “I always have fun when I come to events at Warmstry Court and I would like to thank all of the residents here and at John Gwynn House for supporting me.

“While life has been hard, I always enjoy life. If you can’t do someone a good turn, make sure you don’t do them a bad turn either. That is my secret to a long and happy life.”