Sausages the secret to longevity says 104-year old Loughton care home resident Kay

Sausages every morning are the secret to a long life, according to Loughton resident, Kay Mathieson, who celebrated her 104th birthday by having them for breakfast!

Kay, a resident at Woodland Grove care home on Rectory Road, also enjoyed a party at the home with her family joining in via video link and greetings from Loughton’s mayor, Cllr Stella Murphy.

“To reach 104 years old is quite an achievement, and something to celebrate!” said home manager, Hazel McGwynne.

“Sausages have obviously kept Kay in good health all these years and we make sure we have a constant supply.”

Kay was born in 1916 in Liverpool, where she met and married her husband, Gordon, at the start of the Second World War. He was soon called up to serve in the Royal Tank Corps and while he was away, Kay worked for the Ministry of Agricultural in Boston, Lincs, as a secretary.

Work commitments brought the family, which by then included daughter, Margaret, to Loughton in the 1950s, where Kay became the treasurer for the local branch of the Women’s Institute.

She moved into Woodland Grove in 2016 at the age of 100.

Kay was overwhelmed with cards on her special day and was thrilled to receive photos and posters from her family which brought back many happy memories.

Despite it being her birthday, Kay wasn’t planning to stay up late. Early nights, she says, are another secret to a long life.

“I’ve really enjoyed today,” she said. “I never expected to reach 104!”

Now staff at Woodland Grove would like to find people of a similar age to Kay so she can enjoy sharing memories of years gone by.

“We would love to be able to put her in contact with someone whose memory goes as far back as hers!” said Hazel.

“It’s so valuable to be able to talk to someone who remembers the same events in life so if there is anyone who would like to chat to Kay via the telephone or video link, we’d love to hear from them.”


Mick Ferris

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