Woman with no Family Turns 100, Gifts Pour in from Strangers

Sheffield resident Winnie Blagden will be celebrating her 100th birthday this coming May 31. Winnie, who lives in a nursing home, is excited for her birthday however she has has no family members or surviving friends. She is close with the staff, but has no one in the outside world to celebrate her huge milestone birthday with. That is, until BBC Radio Sheffield stepped in.

According to the story on BuzzFeed.com, the woman who runs the home where Winnie lives, Sue Pinder, contacted BBC Radio Sheffield to ask if the birthday girl could have a tour of the studios. Instead of coming to the studio however, the studio came to Winnie. They spoke with her and asked what her big plans were for turning 100. She revealed that she had no big plans, just to celebrate with staff since she has no family or friends.

BBC Radio Sheffield stepped in to help make Winnie’s birthday something a little more special. They posted a request on their Facebook page for people to send their wishes to the woman. Adam Sender thought that was a great idea. Now, offers, gifts, and cards are finding their way to Winnie. She has been offered to have a limo for the day, have a cabaret troupe come perform for her, as well as offers of pizza and cake to celebrate with.

I can’t wait to see the follow up story for Winnie’s big day!