A Sanctuary Care home resident in Erith, Kent celebrated her 102nd birthday last week.
Surrounded by her loved ones, Lucy Savage celebrated her milestone birthday last Thursday (9 November) following earlier celebrations with her fellow residents at Shaftesbury Court Residential Care Home in Erith.
“Not having a man to look after!”
When asked her secret to reaching such a wonderful age Lucy said: “Not having a man to look after!”
Lucy Ellen Savage was born and raised in Deptford, being the only daughter to parents Benjamin and Nelly Dodds. Lucy grew up with her three brothers, including Bert who is now also a centenarian at 104 years old.
It was love at first site for Lucy and husband-to-be Sydney when they met at Greenwich Park, overlooking the River Thames. The devoted pair married in the spring of 1940 shortly after the start of the World War 2 and before long they were blessed with their first daughter, Maureen.
Sadly in 1944, when Lucy was pregnant with their second child and after just four years of marriage Sydney was killed in battle in Italy after being called up for military service towards the end of the war.
Lucy continued to take care of her two daughters Maureen and Linda, becoming a teaching assistant and then dress maker, like her mother, once they were older.
Sydney and Lucy’s family of four has now blossomed to include six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Sara Bird, activities leader at the Selkirk Drive home said: “Lucy is full of life and as sharp as a needle. I don’t know how she does what she does, always being the first to get involved in any of the home’s activities. She amazes me every day.”