OAP who spent 100th birthday alone inundated with cards from strangers for 101st celebration

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Edna Clayton was forced to spend her 100th birthday alone last year due to coronavirus lockdown restrictions (SWNS)
Edna Clayton was forced to spend her 100th birthday alone last year due to coronavirus lockdown restrictions (SWNS)

An 101-year-olds's care home room has been filled with thousands of birthday cards from strangers after she was forced to spend her 100th birthday alone due to lockdown.

Mum-of-one Edna Clayton, could not receive guests in her care home to celebrate her centenary on 31 January 2021.

As she has few relatives, staff at her care home issued an appeal for people send cards so she would not feel alone this year when she turns 101 this month.

Edna received more than 4,500 cards in the space of just three days, which she said reminded her that there are "a lot of lovely, kind people in this world".

She is also planning a trip on a party bus with son James, 58, and her friends from the care home, thanks to the appeal.

Staff at Hector House in Glasgow have arranged a birthday tea party and Clayton is expecting a special card from the Queen as she missed out last year.

Clayton attributes her long life to having a carefree attitude and not getting hung up on things going wrong.

100-year-old Edna Clayton has been inundated with cards and gifts sent by strangers (SWNS)
100-year-old Edna Clayton has been inundated with cards and gifts sent by strangers (SWNS)

She said: "Not worrying, sheer determination, being positive, being independent, taking what life throws at you with a smile on your face and getting on with it are the secrets to my long life.

"I love getting my hair done, I still colour my hair, I might be 101 turning but it doesn’t mean I should let the grey hairs show through.

"I like to put my make-up on in the mornings too, and I like breathing in fresh air."

She said the idea of people taking time to write to her renewed her faith in the world.

Edna added: "It reminds me that there are a lot of lovely, kind people in this world.

"I am planning on going on a party bus, first time for everything, a wee afternoon tea afterwards, hopefully with my boy and my fellow residents."

More than 4,500 cards and gifts have been sent to Edna Clayton since staff at her care home put out an appeal to help her celebrate turning 101 (SWNS)
More than 4,500 cards and gifts have been sent to Edna Clayton since staff at her care home put out an appeal to help her celebrate turning 101 (SWNS)

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Care home manager Angela Dodd said: "Edna spent her birthday alone last year due to restrictions in place.

"Prior to the pandemic she was a popular character in Battlefield. Her home care made sure she got a card and balloon but all Edna wanted was her card from the Queen and to spend the day with her son.

"Due to restrictions she couldn’t see her son and no card arrived from the Queen.

"We have been in contact with Buckingham Palace who have confirmed that Edna will receive a special card this year."

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