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Patient from University Hospitals of North Midlands celebrates 100th Birthday

Staff at University Hospitals of North Midlands helped 100-year-old patient Kathleen Hankey celebrate her big birthday in style on 8 October with a surprise birthday card and balloons.

Staff from ward 126 at Royal Stoke University Hospital decorated around her bed and celebrated alongside her family who visited to celebrate as well.

Lesley Hardman, Senior staff nurse said: “On Saturday morning all of the nursing staff signed a birthday card for Kathleen and presented her with a card and a big balloon. We all sang Happy Birthday and had a little celebration. Relatives came to see her all day bringing lots of lovely cards, which made her very happy!

“We absolutely loved celebrating a remarkable milestone with Kathleen!”

Kathleen, of Bignall End, said: “I had a lovely weekend all of the nurses have looked after me. It has been a really nice celebration. Thank you to everyone.”

The former machinist who worked at Enderley Mills in Newcastle-under-Lyme gave her advice on how to live a long life, she said: “Make every day as special as you can, enjoy life and live it to the full without going too mad!”

Kathleen, who has been cared for at Royal Stoke for two weeks, is looking forward to hopefully receiving a telegram from HRH The King soon. She said: “I am waiting to hear from King Charles. I will be ready when he is ready and I can go and see him, if he wants!.”

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