On 23 November, Hannah Guy, known as Nancy, celebrated her 100th birthday at Mile End Hospital with a telegram from the queen and a pop-up bar on the ward.
Staff on Thames House Ward made a fuss of the birthday girl delivering the telegram to her bedside. They decorated the ward with banners, balloons and streamers but the centrepiece was a ‘Pop-Up Pub’ designed by staff for her special occasion.
Shadwell born, mother of two Nancy, was joined by her son, Thomas Junior and her daughter, Barbara, to celebrate and blow out the candles on her cake.
Nancy worked in a Post Office before joining her husband selling newspapers outside the Ritz hotel in Piccadilly. She was known to be adventurous. Throughout their later years Nancy and her husband holidayed in Europe and the United States, settling on Cyprus as their favourite holiday destination.
Nancy has been cared for at Mile End after suffering problems with her memory after her late husband passed away in January 2000. Thames House Ward is part of Mile End’s Specialist Health and Ageing Unit.
Barbara, Nancy’s daughter said: “It’s not nice that she’s been in hospital but being with her now and celebrating the success of her life means a lot to us. The staff have been great – it means so much that we have been able to do this for her.”
Nancy loved every minute of her day and blew a kiss to everyone saying, “It’s all so beautiful.”