THIS Christmas will be an extra special one for Whetstone Hey care home in Great Sutton as it prepares to celebrate another birthday milestone of its eldest resident, Mathewlene Fick.
This Friday on Christmas Eve, Mathewlene, who lives at the CLS-run home will be 105 years old.
Mathewlene moved to Whetstone Hey in the summer of 2006 at the age of 100. It was her father who gave Mathewlene her unusual name.
She explains: “Dad had set his heart on the name Matthew, so when I turned out to be a girl my parents decided to call me Mathewlene.”
Mathewlene has fond memories of her childhood. She was part of a large family, having grown up with six brothers and one sister.
Mathewlene has made lots of friends at Whetstone Hey and is still part of a large family – two daughters, four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren – who regularly visit her at the home. Mathewlene also has one surviving sibling, her ‘little’ sister who is 92.
When asked how she feels to be turning 105 years old, Mathewlene said: “It’s really nice to still be here with my family and friends, as they mean such a lot to me. I’d say my secret to reaching this age is plenty of walking and happiness in my life.”