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21 November

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104 years young today!

104 years young today!

Local Solutions’ oldest service user celebrated her 104th birthday today surrounded by a large and proud family.

L-R: Steve, Vera and Karen.

Mrs Vera Burke was accompanied by her multi generational loved ones for the occasion and Chief Executive, Steve Hawkins who said he felt privileged to join them in marking the event.

Steve and Homecare staff joined Vera last year on her 103rd birthday and found her in the same celebratory mood this year as she once again treated guests to a lovely rendition of her favourite songs and passed around beautiful photographs of herself as a young lady.

Vera lives in her own home aided by carers from Local Solutions’ Homecare service. She has two carers attend four times per day. Karen Yeowart is the Care Co-ordinator who oversees Vera’s care package of whom Vera commented; “I know I’m safe when this lady is around.”

Vera, born in 1907 when King Edward VII was reigning, began her working life as a nanny at the age of 15 and later married Phillip who was an electrician. They had four children.

At present, Vera has seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Vera’s granddaughter, Catherine commented: “She is a wonderful person and we are all so very proud of her.”

For those wishing to know Vera’s secret to longevity; she has always abstained from drinking alcohol and smoking!

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