Glasgow care home resident Edna Clayton celebrated her 101st birthday with a visit from Independent Age’s Head of Scotland Claire Donaghy.
The national older people’s charity wanted to mark the special occasion by gifting a Moonpig sweet hamper to Edna, alongside the birthday card that has raised vital funds to help other older people who may also be experiencing loneliness.
After learning that Edna spent her 100th birthday alone last year, Edna’s care home manager issued a plea for people to send cards. This has resulted in thousands of birthday wishes including a response from Moonpig, who designed a personalised card in Edna’s honour with profits up to £15,000 going to Independent Age.
Claire Donaghy, Independent Age’s Head of Scotland, said:
“It was an honour to meet Edna, Glasgow’s newest celebrity, and wish her a happy birthday from everyone at Independent Age! She is the talk of the town and it was lovely to see some of the thousands of cards that she has received from all around the world. She is an astonishing woman and deserves all the well wishes she has received.
“Unfortunately we know that Edna is not alone in missing out on celebrations for important milestones because of COVID-19 restrictions. Many older people up and down the country had similar experiences to Edna during the pandemic and as the latest restrictions ease, it’s so important that people can rebuild connections to combat loneliness and isolation.
“We are incredibly grateful to Edna and Moonpig for choosing to support Independent Age. The money raised through this initiative could help us to reach more isolated older people.”
Independent Age is a charity that focuses on the issues that impact those in later life, such as health, poverty and loneliness. Through its effective campaigning voice, accessible advice and compassionate volunteers, the organisation is working to ensure older people can live with choice, purpose and dignity.
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