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Foxbridge House resident reveals the secret to long life as she celebrates 100th birthday

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A resident at Foxbridge House celebrated her 100th birthday and revealed the secret to a long life – a happy marriage. 

Birthday celebrations were in full swing when resident Gwen Hammond celebrated her 100th birthday with family and residents at Foxbridge House care home, and was visited by the Deputy Mayor and the Deputy Mayoress of Bromley.

Gwen, a former member of the Women’s Royal Air Force, turned 100 years ‘young’ on the 4th October, and was delighted to receive a special visit from Deputy Mayor, Councillor David Cartwright, and the Deputy Mayoress, Mrs Kathryn Cartwright. Everyone toasted Gwen’s good health with a glass of wine and tucked into a slice of birthday cake. 

Revealing the secret to living to 100, Gwen said: “I can’t believe I’ve reached 100 years of age! I have always eaten sensibly and made sure I’ve kept myself busy and active, however I believe the secret to a long life is a very happy marriage. 

“My husband Godfrey was the best - he made me smile every single day and I believe this is what has made me live to 100. It’s important to maintain strong relationships with the ones you love.” 

Carol McCormack, home manager at Foxbridge House, said: “We always like to throw a party for special celebrations, and Gwen’s 100th birthday is no exception. Gwen has made many friends at the home and she makes sure to spend plenty of time with the people she loves, which we wholeheartedly support and encourage her to do. 

“We’d like to say thank you to Councillor David Cartwright and Mrs Kathryn Cartwright for making the day extra special. It was a pleasure to be able to join Gwen and her family to celebrate such a wonderful occasion – I’m sure Gwen’s birthday card from the Queen will be a topic of conversation for a long time as she was so overjoyed with it!”


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