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May Segain

May Segain, who lives at Sanctuary Retirement Living’s Wimborne House in Gravesend, recently celebrated her 100th birthday in style.

The team at Wimborne House organised a celebration for her together with one of her nieces, Hazel, following government guidelines which meant she could see her neighbours on her special day.

Wimborne House resident, May, opens her 100th birthday card from the Queenfrom

May moved into her flat in 2017 and is known by everyone for her positive outlook and great sense of fun, developed from a varied career which took her from school cook to land girl, before spending a memorable time in the USA working for her church. She also worked in the civil service, as a waitress and a secretary before her retirement in 1982, as well as volunteering as a Sunday School teacher and youth club leader.

With a love of reading and writing, her life has been so interesting that it called for her to write her own autobiography, as well as composing poetry, sketches and songs. As if that didn’t keep her busy enough, her knitting hobby has seen her create many blankets, hat and socks for charities, as well as numerous jumpers and cardigans for herself and other family members.

May very much enjoys the regular coffee mornings at Wimborne House as well as eating in the restaurant and visiting the day centre when restrictions allow. While she’s taking things a little easier these days, she has many happy memories to look back on, of a life well-lived and is a much-loved aunt to her six nieces and nephews.

Gloria Boakye, Wellbeing and Inclusion Assistant at Wimborne House, said: “It was lovely to be able to celebrate May’s milestone birthday with her – sadly without a big family party due to Covid restrictions – but we were so glad to have made her day so special nonetheless”.

Wimborne House offers retirement apartments for the over-55s or people who have long term care needs. Residents have their own one- or two-bedroom apartment with access to communal facilities and onsite care and support tailored to their individual circumstances.

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