Great-great grandmother, Edith Hodkinson, will celebrate her 105th birthday this Saturday 23 March surrounded by five generations of her family at Corbrook Park Nursing Home in Audlem, Cheshire.  To mark this extraordinary milestone, Corbrook Park is hosting an open day on Saturday when members of the public are invited to meet Edith and to take part in activities and a tour around the home.

Edith was born in Leek in Staffordshire in 1919, following the end of the First World War.  In 1938, at 19 years old, she married Walter Hulme and both worked on the family farm in Wormhill, Rushton, later moving to Hunt House Farm near Leek.  When the Second World War broke out Walter joined the Royal Observer Corps and the Hulmes continued to farm, hosting evacuees from the surrounding cities.

In later years Edith and Walter made prize-winning Cheshire cheese and Farmhouse butter until their retirement in 1971.  Edith and Walter had five children together and today Edith enjoys a large, multi-generational family with 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Edith had a number of interests and hobbies throughout her life.  She was a lady captain of Crewe Golf Club and Rease Health Club and she volunteered for many charities, including Meals on Wheels. She also sang in the local choir and was a talented organist.

Ten years after Walter’s death in 1978 Edith re-married John Hodkinson, who sadly passed away in 2012.

Commenting on reaching her 105th birthday Edith said:

“I’ve no idea what the secret to a long life is, but I suspect keeping busy plays a part.  I like to stay active and I really look forward to all the interesting and meaningful daily activities provided by the team here at Corbrook Park – they keep me young!”

Santhosh George, general manager, Corbrook Park Nursing Home, said:

“We are delighted to celebrate Edith’s 105th Birthday with an Open Day here at Corbrook Park, which she has called home for the last two years.  Edith is a popular resident and she’s always keen to try new activities and to keep her mind active.

“Alongside her family and friends, members of the public are invited to come and meet Edith and help mark her special day.  Visitors are also invited to take part in activities such as skittles and dominoes with the residents and have a tour of the home.”

Corbrook Park provides dementia, nursing, respite, disability, day and palliative care for up to 80 residents.  Set in stunning grounds and with views over the surrounding Cheshire countryside, the home is warm and friendly, offering excellent, personalised care to all its residents.