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Former WRAF Air Ambulance Nurse Celebrates 100th Birthday Milestone with Card from the New King

A Lady in Pulborough has celebrated her 100th birthday at a local care home, making her one of the first centenarians to be acknowledged by the new monarch, King Charles III.

Marjorie Nash was joined by family members, residents and staff at Hillside Lodge care home in West Sussex for a party to celebrate the landmark occasion. Helping to make the milestone event extra special arrived in the form of a birthday card from King Charles III.

Marjorie was born in Glasgow but spent much of her early life in the Outer Hebrides and Stornoway in the Western Isles of Scotland. Looking back at those formative years, she recalls watching the cutting and collection of peat on the land – the only fuel available to heat homes at the time.

At the beginning of WW2 Marjorie joined the Women’s Royal Air Force (WRAF) and got posted to London where she trained as an air ambulance nurse.

She met her husband Bob towards the end of the war – a marriage that would last 70 years. The couple moved to Wiltshire where Bob was originally from and went on to have three daughters – one of which now lives in Australia.

Marjorie puts her longevity and her resilience during difficult times down to her strong Christian faith.

Theresa Shell, manager at the Shaw healthcare-operated care home, said:
“It was so lovely to celebrate this wonderful milestone with Marjorie and her family. She is a big part of Hillside Lodge and we are so happy to have her here.”