A former pianist and golf captain celebrated her 100th birthday at a care home in Northwood last month.
Leila, a resident of Brackenbridge House, enjoyed a fantastic party. Celebrations started the day before, with a bouquet of flowers sent by Perivale’s Ladies Golf Club, where she was captain from 1972 to 1973 and a large part of the golfing community, at one point in her life playing six times a week.
The next day, care home staff member Victoria gave Leila a pampering makeover, whilst the others decorated the main room for an afternoon tea party, complete with a homemade cake.
She was delighted with the cards and decorations, especially when she was given her centenary birthday card sent specially by Her Majesty the Queen, as well as other gifts given.
Speaking about the day, she said: “I cannot believe the day that I had! It has been brilliant. I’m overwhelmed by everyone’s kindness and wasn’t expecting all these celebrations, it was a lovely surprise, and I am very lucky to have been able to share it with two of my friends and everyone here.”
Leila was born on January 11, 1922, going on to study at Trinity College for Music and passing her exams with flying colours, even working with the London Philharmonic Orchestra for several years.
Florence Gamino, Care Home Manager of Brackenbridge House, said “Leila is a beautiful lady both inside and out. It is an absolute honour and privilege to have her as part of the Gold Care Family at Brackenbridge House.
“We were thrilled to be able to do what we could to make her day so special.”