A RETIRED nurse who devoted her life to looking after others celebrates her 100th birthday next week.

Much-loved Peggy Sefton believes you should always ‘live life to the full’.

When asked about tips for living a long and happy life, Peggy said: “My advice would be to always keep going and never give up.

“Live life to the full and have no regrets.”

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Carers at Brookview Bupa Care Home in Alderley Edge want to make Peggy’s milestone extra special.

Staff are calling on the local community to send 100 cards to mark her centenary.

A party is being planned on her big day, Tuesday, January 24, when Peggy will celebrate her birthday surrounded by her loving family.

Activity co-ordinator Colette Mills has organised entertainment and invited local singer Deborah McCormick to perform some of the birthday girl’s favourite hits.

Home manager Sharon Helliwell Short said: “We are really looking forward to Peggy’s 100th birthday.

“We are hoping that the community will send as many cards as possible to show her how truly special she is and help her celebrate in style.

“Celebrating milestone birthdays is incredibly important to us.

“We love making a fuss of every individual resident and Peggy is truly a character to be celebrated.”

Peggy grew up in Barking, Essex.

At school, she enjoyed playing football and cricket.

At 17, she started training to become a nurse and dedicated her life to looking after others.

Peggy met her late husband, Arthur in her 30s and they married in her early 40s, enjoying a happy and longlasting marriage.

Peggy is a much-loved aunt to her nieces and nephews-in-law who regularly visit.

Anyone wishing to send a card should address it to Peggy Sefton, Brookview Bupa Care Home, Brook Lane, Alderley Edge, Cheshire, SK9 7QG.