Red carpet treatment for 99-year-old at hospice

St Clare's Hospice day care user Jenny Scott, of Marsden, South Shields, turns 99
St Clare's Hospice day care user Jenny Scott, of Marsden, South Shields, turns 99

THE red carpet was rolled out for a grand old lady from South Tyneside as she celebrated her 99th birthday this week.

Jenny Scott was astonished when she was picked up in a limousine from her home in South Shields and driven to St Clare’s Hospice, in Jarrow.

The surprises continued when she was whisked off in the limo, driven by hospice driver Ian Gowens, for a birthday party at the Tavistock restaurant, in South Shields.

Unknown to Jenny, who suffers from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd), the whole party had been planned by her friends and staff at the hospice.

The red carpet had been borrowed from the Quality Hotel, in Boldon, and Gateshead’s Central Taxis provided the limo free of charge.

Trainee hospice fundraiser Tyler Anderson said: “We put out a call to help on Facebook to see if our supporters could source a limo and were amazed by the response.

“Our post was shared over 200 times, reaching 13,000 people. Local charity Community Corner thought spoiling Jenny was a great idea and offered support to help make her day special.”

Now, even at 99, Jenny loves to sing and play bingo at the hospice.

When asked about the secret of a long life, she said: “I don’t know how I managed it, just lots of good living and fun”.

If you would like to donate or arrange a fundraising event for St Clare’s Hospice, please call 0191 451 6400, visit www.stclareshospice.co.uk or email fundraising@stclareshospice.co.uk for more information.