Lena, who lives at our Saffron Gardens Care Home, celebrated her 100th birthday on Thursday 9th January, and she shared it with someone close to her heart.

Tanya Heath is a Unit Care Lead at Saffron Gardens and also celebrated her own birthday on the 9th January, turning 39. Tanya cares for Lena in the home and they have built a fantastic friendship, with the pair being described as ‘partners in crime’.

Lena and Tanya have lots of laughs and they were both thrilled to spend their birthday together.

Tanya said: “I loved sharing Lena’s magical day with her, she’s an absolute star and is always making me laugh! It’s amazing to think that Lena was 61-years-old when I was born yet we have such a strong friendship. We had a fantastic time celebrating our birthdays with the rest of the residents and carers at Saffron Gardens.”

Lena, who came to live at Saffron Gardens two years ago, celebrated her 100th birthday with a party at our care home, spending time with her family, Tanya, and other residents.

Saffron Gardens' Lena celebrates 100th birthday

Lena said: “Tanya’s a real ray of sunshine, she can’t do enough for me. Tanya and the rest of the carers at Brunelcare are stars! I enjoyed my birthday but I really don’t feel 100. I feel more like I’m 70, but wish I was still in my 20’s!”

Lena was born in Bristol on the 9th January 1920, growing up in St George. At just 19-years-old she worked through WWII, painting the wings of spitfire aircrafts before marrying at the age of 20. She was married to her late husband for 58 years and has three children, seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

After her retirement, Lena joined a dance class at 60 years old, and loves modern sequence dancing. She says her long life is due to staying positive - and drinking a drop of whiskey every day!

Lena said: “My secret is to appreciate everything and learn to be happy. I also used to drink a drop of whiskey each evening before bed!”

To find out more about our Saffron Gardens Care Home, click here.

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