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Plea for 100 cards to celebrate Pat's 100th birthday

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Patricial Wallis (known affectionately as Pat) a resident at The Haven care home in Boston, Lincolnshire, will be celebrating her 100th birthday on 15th March 2024. Pat has lived at the home on Whitehouse Lane in the town since May 2023.


She was born in Fermoy, County Cork, Ireland and grew up in Cork City. She came to London in 1942 where she met John, her husband-to-be, who was a GP and they both came to Boston, Lincolnshire in 1949 when he joined Dr Darlow’s GP surgery in Church Close, Boston before moving to Greyfriar’s Surgery. John was a very well-known and respected Doctor until he retired, in fact his photo is still up on the wall in the surgery.


Pat was a qualified Nurse and a housewife. She has two children, four grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. She was also the Mayoress of Boston in the 80’s and both her and her husband belonged to Holy Trinity Church where she had lots of friends. Her wonderful memories of her childhood include a funny but worrying memory of eating berries from a laburnum bush at the age of 4 years old and subsequently had to have her stomach pumped out!


Initially, Pat was only intending to stay at The Haven for a short respite stay, but says she quickly settled and felt safe at the home and decided to stay permanently. She says her secret to long and happy life is to have a sense of humour, eating healthily and keeping active – which she continues by walking around the care home at least twice a day! And most importantly, Pat says its important that to be happy with the life you have.


Pat will be celebrating with her family and friends at the home on her birthday. She will be treated to music and dancing, which she loves, as well as her favourite food – an afternoon tea.


Staff at The Haven are hoping to surprise Pat with as many cards as possible to mark her 100 years. They are inviting schools, local residents and community groups to send Pat their best wishes with birthday cards, which should be sent to the home’s address: The Haven, Black Swan Care Group, Whitehouse Lane, Boston, PE21 0BE.