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Oldest Lady In London Celebrates 108th Birthday

Mrs Betty Spear celebrated her 108th birthday at St Judes Nursing home in Sutton, making her the oldest lady in London. “I still feel 21” she remarked.

Betty’s advice to the younger generations is “Be happy and kind, be tolerant of old people and try to help them”.  When asked about her secret to staying healthy, she remarks, “Be nice to people and try and make them laugh and a little drop of whiskey every day”

Betty (real name Sarah Spear), moved to London at 18 to become a Nurse. Practicing in Carshalton, she met and married George Spear in 1947 before giving birth to their beautiful daughter Anne.

Sadly, Betty has outlived both her daughter and husband, but has remained positive and full of joy in the face of all adversity she has encountered.

To mark her special day, Betty was treated to a surprise birthday from her St Judes family in the Care Home in which she resides. Betty was also Joined by her family – her son-in-law, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, as well as the Local Mayor.

Patricia Fyfe, Matron at St Judes Nursing Home commented how “We are honoured to be celebrating Betty’s 108th birthday. Betty brings her warmth, kind heart with quick wit to the Home and we all blessed to have her as part of our St Judes family.”

“To start the celebrations, Betty was treated to a pamper session with our hairdresser and care team. The afternoon brought about a surprise party in the garden to include games, cake and a very special dove release to mark this extra special day.

Betty found the whole day to be “marvellous”. When asked what she had enjoyed the most, Betty responded “Everything! Especially the card from the Queen, seeing Ken and the children, my lovely party with my friends and the doves. I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart.”

The party was the first the Home has thrown since before the pandemic. St Judes has remained one of the only homes within the region to remain COVID free. Patricia Fyfe, Matron at St Judes Nursing Home remarked “This party was extra special for the whole Home. We have been careful to uphold our stringent processes and protocols to safeguard our Residents and Staff. These celebrations are a lovely way to bring everyone together in a safe and secure way.”