Recently at Ferrars Hall Care Home in Huntingdon resident Winifred Scott turned 103 years old. Win celebrated with staff, friends and family at her very own special afternoon tea party. She was surprised by the staff team at Ferrars Hall with flowers, a basket of her favourite things and a tremendous cake made by Chef Caroline Tykot.
Win was born in 1920 in County Longford, Ireland, and was the second youngest child of Michael and Mary. ‘In my mother's own words, she had an idyllic childhood.’ Commented son Peter. Sadly, when she was just 17 years old Win’s mother died aged 59 years old. Win and her younger sister came over to England to stay with their two older sisters. Once they were all settled in England, Win decided she wanted a career in nursing. With this aim, Win started her nursing career prior to the Second World War. Early on during the Second World War, Win met her husband to be, Harold, who was helping at the hospital in his off-duty time from the Army as a stretcher bearer.
In October 1942 the pair got married. However, at the beginning of 1943 Harrold was sent abroad to Burma where he spent 3 and a half years fighting the war in Asia against the Japanese. When Harrold returned from Burma, son Peter was born in June 1947. Win and Harold both enjoyed ballroom dancing and singing in a local group who used to perform in care homes in the area.
‘Win’s life has so far seen 5 monarchs starting with George V. Which is incredible as you wouldn’t know a person’s life just by looking at them.’ Commented Home Manager Susan Dunnell. ‘We would like to wish her a very happy birthday, from all the team here at Ferrars Hall’.
When asked how Win has reached the wonderful age of 103 years old, son Peter humorously replied ‘the secret to longevity we think, is a combination of a daily whisky when she was at home and good genes.’