Woman Turns 100 Without Any Family, But With Thousands Of Good Wishes


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Jun 16, 2008
Caught this one this morning, but wish that NPR's feeds from BBC Radio had caught this. Either way, if I make it that long, I hope to have this, with relatives and as much revelry and fanfare (though I wouldn't deserve it :oops: ). Enjoy!


Woman Turns 100 Without Any Family, But With Thousands Of Good Wishes
June 01, 201510:10 AM ET
Bill Chappell

Sunday was Winnie Blagden's birthday — and it was, despite her expectations, a big deal. When word got out that the English woman was about to turn 100 and had no living relatives, thousands of people sent cards and gifts.

The campaign to celebrate Blagden's 100th birthday was led by her local BBC radio station in Sheffield (she's a regular listener to the morning show). The station says its [url=https://www.facebook.com/bbcsheffield/photos/a.248853025126985.71316.213327662012855/997245770287703/?type=1]Facebook callout for birthday cards[/url] was seen some 6 million times since the effort began in the middle of May.

Blagden often listens to the station's morning show. Before delivering some cards and unveiling a large surprise party, the BBC's Ian Thomas asked the widow if she thought she might get any birthday cards this year.

"Well, there might be some. But I'm not expecting anything marvelous, no."

In the end, Blagden received 16,000 cards — the Royal Mail dropped off more than 10 bags of them. They were mixed in with gifts, including many boxes of chocolate.

"I just can't get over it," Blagden [URL='https://audioboom.com/boos/3238881-winnie-blagden-thank-you-to-everyone-who-has-made-my-birthday-special']told BBC Radio Sheffield[/url] on Monday. "All this fuss."

Some of the cards came from old friends who had fallen out of touch, and many came from around the world: Sweden, Singapore, the United States. The BBC reports that Queen Elizabeth II sent a card, as well.
Video from the Beeb was made as well. Enjoy.


Cpt. Gilgamesh

macrumors regular
Jun 8, 2013
Man, she's got a sharp mind. I can only hope and pray that when I get older I'm as vibrantly minded as she is. Got to keep reading!


macrumors member
Jun 21, 2015
One of the sad things about growing too old - you lose all your friends/family but this is a great story! To many more years for her.