‘Just keep going’ is the secret to long life as Dukinfield care home Resident turns 100 years oldCelebrations were in full swing at HC-One’s The Beeches care home in Dukinfield as Resident Catherine Reed turned 100 years old. 

Catherine was born in Ashton-under-Lyne on 18th December 1919 and worked in the cotton mill when she was just 14 years old, before going on to working as an auxiliary nurse in the local community. 

Catherine married husband Hiram, who she met at a dance hall in Ashton-under-Lyne, before going on to have four children: Barbara, Angela, Monica and David. 

When asked what her secret is to a long and happy life, Catherine said that she has ‘just kept going’ and has not let anything stop her. 

Staff at The Beeches organised a special birthday party to mark Catherine’s big day, as the Civic Mayor of Tameside Leigh Drennan joined fellow Residents, family and friends for the celebrations. 

The Beeches was decorated with balloons and bunting as Catherine opened her thoughtful cards and presents, as well as a telegram from the Queen. Catherine was also delighted to receive a bouquet of flowers from Coun Drennan, along with a badge of the Tameside coat of arms, before enjoying entertainment from a husband and wife singing duo. 

Catherine said: “I have had a lovely afternoon with all these people here celebrating with me. I don’t feel any different being 100!”

Sade Smith, Wellbeing Coordinator at The Beeches, said: “At HC-One, kindness is at the heart of everything we do and we are committed to helping our Residents celebrate their special occasions in the most memorable way possible. 

“It was a real pleasure organising such an amazing birthday party for such a lovely lady. We were delighted to welcome the Mayor into the home for the celebrations, which really did make Catherine’s day.”