Coventry woman flooded with cards from across the world as she turns 100

Elsie received a mountain of birthday cards to celebrate her 100th birthday
-Credit: (Image: Greg Ward)

A Coventry woman has been inundated with cards from across the world after her grandson shared an appeal online to get as many as possible for her 100th birthday. Greg Ward said when he delivered the cards, Elsie was 'shocked' and 'overwhelmed'.

"She's received over 170 cards, and there's still more to come, so we may even get over 200. They've come from as far as Washington DC, Canada, and Australia so it's been nice," he said. He told BBC CWR that his response to his appeal on the Facebook groups has been 'fantastic and quite overwhelming'.

Elsie said it was a 'very good surprise' and added: "I just don't know what to say.

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"I think it's just absolutely brilliant. It's a great joy, isn't it, when you get them. There have been some nice messages."

Elsie has lived in Coventry within the Tile Hill area since World War Two when she moved from Doncaster. For her special occasion, Greg said the neighbours got involved and made a 'big cake' and put bunting and balloons outside their homes.

The amount of cards Elsie received
The amount of cards Elsie received -Credit:Greg Ward

One neighbour, Helen McCleave, described Elsie as a 'lovely, lovely lady' and 'a queen' who would always bring round cards and drinks. She told BBC CWR that Elsie was 'amazing for 100' and did all her jobs around the house such as gardening.

Greg added that Elsie has been left 'over the moon' by the amount of cards sent to her. Today she will be celebrating her 100th birthday at Coombe Abbey for afternoon tea with her children.

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