A SPRIGHTLY Droitwich care home resident has celebrated becoming a centenarian.
Edna Warner, affectionately known as ‘Noddy’, lives at Woodland View care home where staff say she has always been determined to make the magic milestone of 100 years old so she could receive her telegram from The Queen.
Local postman Alan was just as excited to deliver it as it was the first royal telegram he had handed over in his career.
The local community has also showered Noddy with birthday cards after Woodland View challenged people in the area to send her 100 cards for her centenary birthday.
Edna’s grandchildren gave her the nickname Noddy when they were little as she was always ‘nodding off’ and now Edna prefers it.
She was married to her husband Charles for 59 years before he passed away around 20 years ago.
The pair had three daughters – Chris, Pauline, and Janet, who lives in Canada, along with six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Noddy and Charles used to enjoy travelling to Canada to see Janet and her family.
Noddy retired from her job as a bank clerk at the age of 70 and moved into Woodland View care home in November 2021, shortly before her 100th birthday.
Cindy Hawkins, Woodland View’s home manager, said: “Noddy came to live here after an initial period of respite but she liked it so much that she decided to become a permanent resident.
“She is always busy and enjoys gardening, bird watching, and listening to her favourite band Westlife. And she always joins in our keep fit sessions.”
She added Noddy had a wonderful birthday and was absolutely thrilled to receive her telegram, proudly delivered by Alan.
“We all made a real fuss of her on the day and her daughter Chris was also able to join us, while Pauline and Janet and their families joined in online.”
Noddy said: “My goal has always been to make it to 100 so I could receive a telegram from the Queen and it really was very special.
“I had a wonderful day celebrating and I was so happy to receive so many special birthday cards!”
Woodland View care home, on Woodland Way in Droitwich, is a purpose-built, luxury residential and dementia care home operated by Ideal Carehomes.
It opened in October 2021 and has 66 spacious bedrooms with en-suite facilities.