At Bluegrove House in Bermondsey, Mrs Mary Karve celebrated her 100th birthday on Tuesday 20th May. She was joined in the celebrations by her family and friends, the Mayor of Southwark and the MP for Bermondsey Simon Hughes.

Mary was born in India, where she also served as a nurse in the British Army. In Southwark, she worked in Kings College and St Thomas Hospitals, nursing the sick and vulnerable.

On her special day, centenarian Mrs Karve blew out her candles at the party held for her at Anchor’s care home, Bluegrove House on Southwark Park Road, where she has lived for 4 years.

While enjoying the birthday cake and cupcakes cooked by Bluegrove’s catering team, Mary and her family were serenaded by an opera singer from Music in Hospital who treated the audience to a selection of popular tunes and lead them in a chorus of Happy Birthday.

With her son by her side, Mary said how lovely the party was.

As well as receiving a telegram from HM The Queen, Mary was over joyed when Simon Hughes, the Liberal Democrat MP for Bermondsey arrived with flowers and a birthday card from the Houses of Parliament. After which the Mayor for Southwark arrived with greetings from the residents of the Borough.

Andrew Rogers, the Regional Business Manager at Bluegrove House said:

"Mary is a wonderful lady and we are delighted to help her celebrate her big day."

Afterwards, her family commended Eileen Williams and Rose Palmer, the Activities Coordinator and all the Bluegrove Staff for all their hard work and making it such a memorable day for his mother and her family.

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