Pensioner celebrates 103rd birthday on Facebook

PARTY TIME: 103-year-old Jennie Oswald celebrates her birthday with care staff, Raeanne Fletcher and Sam Jones at Highcliffe Care Home, Witherwack.
PARTY TIME: 103-year-old Jennie Oswald celebrates her birthday with care staff, Raeanne Fletcher and Sam Jones at Highcliffe Care Home, Witherwack.
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BEAMING Jenny Oswald celebrated her 103rd birthday by surfing the web.

The pensioner, from Whitburn, was among residents at Highcliffe Care Home, in Witherwack, Sunderland, to be given free tablets.

National care home provider Avery presented the pensioners with the gadgets to help them stay in touch with loved ones, allowing them to use social media website Facebook and video and messaging service Skype.

The big day also saw the launch of the home’s Facebook page.

Angus Matthews, Avery Marketing Manager, said: “We want to show an authentic view of our home, which is what social media and sharing provides. “Communication flows both ways, so residents can message about the quality of life at our homes, and families can see exactly what activities they have been up to.

“We also use social media to share knowledge amongst the staff at all 32 of our homes, so that everyone sees the great work of our recreational and leisure staff.”

Jenny, who moved to Highcliffe Care Home at 97, had been living alone in Whitburn following the death of her husband Bob.

Born in Deptford, Sunderland, the retired haberdashery shop worker has been a stalwart of the community, regularly attending her local Methodist chapel.

Jenny was described as a “delight and a joy” by staff at the home, “always there with a smile and a winning twinkle in her eyes”.