Harrogate woman celebrates 100th birthday

For Yorkshire-born and bred Rose Donnelly, 2020 not only marked the start of a new decade, it is also the year she turned 100.

Tuesday, 10th March 2020, 5:01 pm

Family, friends and the Mayor of Harrogate Borough, Stuart Martin, visited Rose at Heath Lodge in Harrogate on Friday for a 1920s themed afternoon tea as a birthday treat.

Staff had pulled together to put on a spread to celebrate the milestone for full-of-life Rose, who was still travelling to Florida at 90-years-old.

Rose with her family and the Mayor and Mayoress of Borough of Harrogate.

To pay homage to Rose’s passion for needle craft, the Harrogate Neighbours Knit and Natter group, made up of residents, presented her with a beautiful bunch of hand-knitted roses, and the Mayor surprised her with 100 of the flowers.

Denise Mcevoy, Head of Care Services, said: “We were delighted to help Rose celebrate her special birthday. Since her arrival to Heath Lodge four years ago, Rose has been a pleasure to get to know – she has always been very outspoken and has maintained her strong and determined personality within our care which is lovely to see.

"It’s wonderful to see residents unite to make Rose’s milestone birthday a memorable one. I would like to personally thank the Mayor of Harrogate and all the staff at Harrogate Neighbours for the cake, decorations and afternoon tea for Rose’s family and friends.”

Rose being presented with her birthday cake.
Rose receiving a bouquet of flowers.