6 December 2021
Kew House resident celebrates 106th birthday
A resident at Kew House, our care home in Wimbledon, London has celebrated her 106th birthday.
Eileen Knight spent her special day with her daughter, Pauline and Son in law Peter, son Graham, and grandson Nicholas and was visited by the Mayor of Merton, Cllr Michael Brunt, as well as Wimbledon MP Stephen Hammond.
Eileen was born in Addlestone, Surrey, on 5th December 1915. At the age of 13, Eileen attended the commercial college in Kingston-on-Thames, and on the train from Addlestone to Kingston, she met her late husband, Donald. The couple married in 1940 after Donald was employed as a mechanic and aircraft fitter for the Royal Airforce during World War Two. They went on to have two children, four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Eileen worked at an Antique Shop in Weybridge followed by working in the office at United Dairies in Hersham before having a career break to have children. She returned to work and took a job in the account’s office of a firm of solicitors in Addlestone in 1967.
Eileen received a sixth card from the Queen congratulating her on her milestone and received 225 cards from other well-wishers in the local community, following an appeal on social media.
She celebrated her birthday with two parties, including one for residents and team members, and one with her immediate family.
Eileen, 106, said: “My secret to longevity is all of the good food I had when I was a small child, where my father was able to bring home excess vegetables, fruit and eggs from the house where he worked.”
General Manager at Kew House Care Home, Victoria Oladosu said: “Eileen has been a resident at Kew House for almost three years and she is much-loved by all of us here. I am so pleased to hear that she had a great day, it’s not every day you turn 106 and she thoroughly deserves it.”
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