A resident of Avonbridge Care Home in Hamilton has celebrated her 100th birthday with a very special guest. Martha Whip began her birthday celebrations with one-year-old Erin Winton, who was born 99 years later on the same day.

The home holds a weekly Music Makers and Shakers class, where residents are joined by local parents and their children for a morning of music and movement. Erin attends the class with her mum Laura Provan. After hearing they shared the same birthday, they could not wait to have a photograph taken together.

Laura said; “Erin absolutely loves coming to the Music Makers and seeing all the residents every week. It was so lovely to see Erin celebrate her first birthday with Martha.”

Michelle Ruiz-Beltran, Care Home Manager of Avonbridge, added: “Martha is a lovely member of the Avonbridge family, and we have thoroughly enjoyed celebrating this milestone birthday with her.

“It was great to see Erin and Martha enjoying their birthdays together, at almost 100 years apart, they are an unlikely but wonderful pair.”

An Official Visit

Martha’s birthday celebrations did not stop there! Later, residents of the home joined Martha’s friends and family in the lounge for an official visit. As Martha entered the room, she was greeted by Ian McAllan, Provost of South Lanarkshire Council and Deputy Lieutenant, John McKenzie. This was followed by a loud cheer of “surprise” from the crowd.

Martha was then presented with her card from the Queen and a bouquet of flowers in front of her friends and family. Shortly afterwards, surrounded by giant “100” balloons, members of the Avonbridge team delivered a celebration cake, while the room erupted into a chorus of “Happy Birthday.”

Billy Whip, Martha’s son, said: “Mum had a great time on her birthday and the home went to a great deal of effort to make sure her day was special. We couldn’t believe it was Erin’s first birthday on the same day. It was really nice to celebrate two big birthdays together.”


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