Oct 4 2013 by Linda Foo Guest
IT’S a double celebration for a care charity in Wirral.
The Abbeyfield Hoylake and West Kirby Society has two reasons to be cheerful – celebrating 50 years since its formation as well as a 110th birthday celebration for resident Mrs Winifred Warhurst.
Abbeyfield Hoylake and West Kirby Society is a charity which set up in 1963, affiliated with the Abbeyfield Society.
The not-for-profit organisation is dedicated to making the lives of older people easier and more fulfilling by offering a range of services to help people live independently.
The charity began with their first care home – Lear House Residential Care Home in West Kirby.
This was followed by Hoyle Road sheltered accommodation in Hoylake, which was extended and modernised in 2001.
Then Elliot House, which is next door to Lear House in West Kirby, was built in 1984 – also sheltered accommodation for supported living.
Staff and volunteers have marked the 50th anniversary by holding a number of events throughout the year.
Annie Henderson, society administrator, said: “We are celebrating 50 years of providing residential care and sheltered accommodation in the Hoylake and West Kirby area.
“As a charitable organisation, run mostly by volunteers, we think that’s pretty amazing.
“We have organised lots of celebrations throughout the year.
“We held a competition with the local schools, and asked children to create a logo for us to use for our anniversary year.
“In June, the Mayor and Mayoress of Wirral, Cllr Dave Mitchell and wife Sue, came to Lear House and presented the winner and runners up from Blackhorse Junior School, West Kirby with their prizes.”
The society will be holding a carol concert in St Andrews Church in West Kirby on December 13 with West Kirby Light Operatic Society.
This will be followed by a reception at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club.
Reaching the 110th birthday milestone on October 22 will be Mrs Winifred Warhurst.
She was born in Sutton, Lancashire, to parents Joseph and Mary Evans, with six brothers and three sisters.
Winifred was married to Harold Warhurst in Bidston Parish Church, and they made their first home in Claughton Village.
They have a daughter Joan, who lives in Canada with her family, including two grandson’s.
Winifred has been a resident with the society since 1988, first at Elliot House then she moved to Lear House a year ago.
Annie added: “We believe Winifred is the oldest person living in Wirral, and she is going to be celebrating her 110th birthday.
“Winifred has been a resident of ours since 1988 so she’s been with us for half of our life time, so we think that’s pretty amazing too!”