Betty celebrates 100th birthday

August 01 2021

A 100th birthday celebration was made extra special when the local community got involved.

Betty Hakes celebrated at home with five generations of family: her daughter Joan, granddaughter Karen, great-grandson Josh and great-great-granddaughter Zenaya.

She was also joined by her three carers from Kingswood-based Alina Homecare, who visit daily to help look after Betty.

As well as blowing out the candles on her cake, Betty enjoyed opening a huge pile of cards made by Hanham Toddlers preschool.

One of her carer’s sons attends the preschool and arranged for the group to send cards to Betty for her big day.

A spokesperson for Hanham Toddlers said: “Everyone loved it.

“The opportunity to work together with members of our local community like this prompted lots of discussions between practitioners and children regarding families and local community members.

“The children asked lots of questions about generational issues and brought their own life experiences to the conversations.

“They worked collaboratively and took great pride in their creativity.”

A carer from Alina Homecare presents Betty with her 100th birthday cake

Betty, the second of four siblings, grew up in Hillfields and went to Colston’s Girls’ School before leaving age 14 to look after her sick mother.

Her career included jobs at wholesale grocers H H & S Budgett, founded in Kingswood, and engineering firm George Adlam & Sons in Fishponds.

It was while working there that she married husband Peter and they moved to the house in Fishponds where Betty still lives. Memories there include organising a street party for the Queen’s coronation in 1953.

A team of carers now help out daily because Betty suffers with arthritis and lives alone since her husband’s death in 2015.

Jade Galaszia, branch manager at Alina Homecare, said: “It really is an honour to know and care for someone like Betty.

“Her warmth and sense of humour are second to none and our care team really do enjoy every visit. To keep her home and independent for as long as possible is what it’s all about.

“Thank you Betty for setting the bar so high for us all in life!”

Betty attributes her long life to keeping busy and staying as independent as possible.

She said: “You’ve just got to keep going and keep your mind busy.

“I’ve got my papers, my puzzles and my television. I like to do as much as I can by myself, it’s only my legs that sometimes stop me!”