Born on July 15, 1920, a UK war veteran, now 103 years old, received a memorable birthday surprise when her care home appealed for cards to celebrate her special day. The widow, who served in the Woman’s Royal Air Force during World War Two and worked as a bus driver, has witnessed 27 Prime Ministers and five monarchs throughout her life. Tunstall Hall Care Centre initiated a Facebook appeal on July 4, requesting 103 cards to express gratitude for Nellie’s service and to make her birthday extraordinary. The response was overwhelming, with the care home receiving more than 900 cards from various locations across the UK, along with emails and phone calls from as far as the United States and Tasmania.
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A 103-year-old war veteran was given a birthday to remember after she received more than 900 cards from strangers following an appeal from her care home.
Nellie Orme, who was born on July 15, 1920, was left “gobsmacked” after well-wishers from across Britain sent hoards of cards to mark her amazing milestone.
The widow, who drove buses and served in the Woman’s Royal Air Force during World War Two, has lived through 27 Prime Ministers and five monarchs.
Tunstall Hall Care Centre started a Facebook appeal on July 4 for 103 cards to thank Nellie for her service and to make her birthday “extra special.”
But they were left stunned when the postman began delivering hundreds of cards at a time on their doorstep in Market Drayton, Shropshire.
The care home has now received over 900 cards, from all across the UK, as well as international phone calls and emails from as far as America and Tasmania.
On Friday great-great gran Nellie enjoyed a special afternoon tea party with cakes celebrating with staff, residents and even serving members of the RAF.
Deputy manager, Vicky Richards, 44, said: “Last year she asked for a blue canary as she loves birds, so we managed to get her a little budgie. This year she said she already has everything she needs, but it’s such a special milestone for her that we just couldn’t let it go unnoticed.
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