Happy 100th birthday, Phyliss!

Phyliss Chater has received a telegram from the Queen after celebrating her 100th birthday.

Monday, 18th December 2017, 11:12 am
Updated Monday, 18th December 2017, 11:15 am
Pictured Phyllis with Lynette, Mavis, Mehta and Karen and other staff at the care home. Picture by Brian Eyre.
Pictured Phyllis with Lynette, Mavis, Mehta and Karen and other staff at the care home. Picture by Brian Eyre.

Her family travelled from as far as Australia to be with Phyliss on her big day at Springbank House Care Home in Chesterfield last Wednesday.

She only moved into the care home in April, having previously lived with her sister, Mavis Mehta, in Chesterfield until the age of 99.

Mavis, who attended the celebration, said: "The home has transformed Phyliss's life.

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"She was getting very frail but, since moving into Springbank House, she doesn't even use a zimmer frame to walk anymore.

"She has also put on weight thanks to the wonderful care she has had at the home."

Phyliss was born and grew up in Penang, Malaysia, where she eventually worked as a clerk after leaving school.

In 1956, she moved to the UK with Mavis, while her other two siblings, Dudley and Lorna, moved to Australia.

Phyliss has one daughter, Lynette Travers, who lives in Perth, Australia.

She travelled to the Chesterfield care home to celebrate her mother’s birthday.

She also has two grandchildren, Alison and Sean, and three great grandchildren.

Karen Busby, home manager at Springbank House Care Home on Ashgate Road, said: "The staff are delighted to celebrate Phyliss's 100th birthday alongside her family and friends.

"She has only been with us since April, when she was 99, which is incredible, but she is loved by everyone at the home.

"She is a wonderful character and has made great friends among the staff and her fellow residents.

"We’re delighted Phyliss's family could be here to mark her 100th birthday, including her sister Mavis, who regularly visits, and her daughter Lynette, who came all the way from Australia."

The picture shows Phyllis with Lynette,Mavis, Mehta and Karen and other staff at the care home.