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Eye care home resident reveals secret to long life




A resident at a care home in Eye has celebrated her 100th birthday, attributing her long and happy life to living each day to the fullest.

Helen Haynes celebrated with family, friends and residents at Hartismere Place and had a trip to the cinema to see a concert by André Rieu.

Helen’s centenarian status was marked with a birthday party at the home, where she was also presented with her official telegram from the queen.

Helen Haynes celebrated her 100th birthday with a trip to the cinema to see André Rieu. Picture by Mecha Morton.
Helen Haynes celebrated her 100th birthday with a trip to the cinema to see André Rieu. Picture by Mecha Morton.

Revealing the secret to living to 100, Helen said: “It’s very simple. Spending time with family and enjoying life to the fullest is the key - feeling like you have done something with your life is extremely important.”

Born in London on July 8, 1919, and her first job was as a member of the civil service.

After marrying her husband, Royston, in 1939, Helen spent her life as a boat chandler, living in Walton-on-the-Naze, and also lived in Wales for a short time.

Helen and Royston have two daughters and a son together, as well as two grandsons, two granddaughters and six great-grandchildren.

Helen moved into Hartismere Place in June 2017, where she is a popular, bubbly and cheery face at the home.

Abhilash Gopi, home manager at Hartismere Place, said: “We always like to make an occasion of birthdays, and Helen’s 100th was no exception. She has made many friends here, all of whom enjoyed celebrating with her.

“It was a pleasure to be able to join Helen and her family for such a wonderful occasion. I’m sure her birthday card from the Queen will be a topic of conversation for a long time to come as she was so overjoyed to receive it."



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