Sanctuary Care residents in London have been sharing their fondest memories and chapter-bursting life stories in time for a national awareness week.
Exciting adventures and proud moments
Instead of picking up their favourite book off the bookshelf budding storytellers have shared all their secrets, exciting adventures and proud moments.
With support from staff, residents have turned the clock back from the earliest day they can remember to pen their lovely life stories, filling them full with memories of school, family and work insights.
French born air stewardess
One of the residents who have taken centre stage was French born Elisabeth Whittaker. The 88-year-old was so excited to share her globe-trotting story where she transformed her career from teaching French and English to becoming an Air France stewardess and travelling all around the world – meeting countless famous actors, writers and politicians.
While living the high life, Elisabeth still found time to find love and have two children.
Elisabeth said: “I couldn’t wait to share my life story; I had so much to say! I feel very lucky to have taken the steps I’ve taken. I mainly focused on my jet-setting stories – where I met lots of famous faces and scarily had a near miss in an aeroplane. I hope everyone enjoyed my story.”
Daily Mirror adventures
On top of Elisabeth’s adventures, Hawthorn Green also went on a whistle stop tour through the life of Ronald Ballard, 81, a fellow resident who once worked for the Daily Mirror.
The home’s activities leader, Joan Coker, added: “Our residents get together on a day-to-day basis talking about all sorts of topics, but rarely do they get the chance to really sit down and think about telling their life story to a listening audience and what better time to do this that National Storytelling Week.”