Published: Tuesday 13th April 2021
Phyllis Ferguson, better known as Peggy, has celebrated her milestone 105th birthday at Ebor Court care home in Nether Poppleton.
Peggy was overwhelmed with deliveries of flowers, balloons, boxes of chocolates, presents and cards from her friends and loved ones which filled her room as she enjoyed Facetime calls with her son and grandchildren.
Born in Knaresborough in 1916, Peggy was one of nine children of Walter and Maria Hodge, who worked together tailoring women’s clothes. After leaving school aged just 14, Peggy began working at Ackrill’s Printers, based in Harrogate. Throughout her working life, Peggy also took up post as a Ticketing Clerk at the Knaresborough ticket office and as a packer on the production line at the infamous Rowntree’s factory in York.
It was whilst working at the ticket office that Peggy met her husband, Alan Ferguson. The pair married in 1943 and spent an incredible 71 years together. They had one son and often enjoyed caravan holidays around the UK including Scotland, Ireland and seaside towns such as Filey.
A surprise visit from her niece helped Peggy to continue her celebrations and the Ebor Court team made sure Peggy had a special day by singing ‘happy birthday’ and presenting her with a freshly baked chocolate birthday cake.
Peggy, who has lived at Ebor Court care home since May 2019, said, ‘I have had a wonderful birthday and really enjoyed myself. I firmly believe the secret to a long life is staying healthy, I always take my cod liver oil tablets, but I do think a little glass of my favourite Harvey's Sherry helps too! I am very thankful to the staff at Ebor Court for everything they have done – my cake was beautiful; the team have made me feel very special’.
Lifestyle Manager, Susie Carman , said, ‘Working in the care industry is such a rewarding career and being involved in such monumental celebrations is a huge privilege. I am thrilled Peggy enjoyed her 105th birthday and felt truly special, she is such a wonderful lady and completely deserves it’.
Ebor Court Home Manager, Shane Talbot, said, ‘It is incredibly important to us to make sure each resident feels special on their birthday and turning 105 is extremely special! I am very pleased to see how much Peggy has enjoyed her birthday’.
Ebor Court, operated by Ideal Carehomes, is a residential and dementia care home boasting a hair salon, café and cinema as well as the brand new Sky Bar. The home is currently welcoming new residents for short and long term placements and loved ones are able to visit in dedicated Covid-safe social rooms (subject to current guidelines). For more information, contact Shane on 01904 782 708.