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Stroud 100-year-old reveals secret to long life

Added on: 26th January, 2017 by Victoria_29707

Stroud 100-year-old reveals secret to long life

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Thu, 26 January 2017

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A local care home has celebrated the 100th birthday of a popular resident who has attributed her long life to a happy upbringing.

Phyllis Gwilliam, a resident at Care UK’s Scarlet House on Westward Road, celebrated the impressive milestone with family members, friends and residents at the care home on 17th December.

The home organised a special birthday lunch, and guests tucked into birthday cake and toasted Phyllis’ life with a glass of prosecco.

Revealing the secret to living to 100, Phyllis Gwilliam said: “There is no secret really, but a happy upbringing certainly makes a difference. I had a wonderful childhood, my mother and father were fair but always happy, and that’s how I’ve lived each day of my life.”

Pyela Mwale, home manager at Scarlet House, said: “We always like to make an occasion of birthdays, and Phyllis’ 100th is no exception. We made sure that she had a great day, and our head chef, Claire Taylor prepared a special birthday cake to mark the occasion. It was lovely to be joined by Phyllis’ family and friends to celebrate the special milestone.”

Phyllis Gwilliam was born on 17th December 1916 in Broughton in Furness, Lancashire. A twin, she was the first child of her mother’s second marriage, and had two older half-sisters, one older half-brother and a younger sister and brother.

Phyllis’ twin brother, Robin, introduced her to her husband Bill Gwilliam, after they served together in India and Burma during the Second World War.

During the war, Phyllis joined the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service and served in Italy, working with the military hospitals that followed the Allied advance. She developed a deep affection for Italy and regularly visited the country, making her last visit to Taormina in Sicily when she was 93.

Phyllis also accompanied Bill on military tours in post-World War II Germany and Cyprus. After Bills death in 1980, Phyllis travelled all over the world, visiting Australia, America and all over Europe, before eventually settled in Cirencester.

The couple were married for 33 years, and had a son together, Chris.

Phyllis continued to live at her home in Cirencester until she moved into Scarlet House in December 2014.

Scarlet House is a state-of-the-art care home designed to deliver the very best standards of care, and to enable residents to live active and fulfilled lives. The home offers a range of services including residential care, specialist dementia care and respite care.

For more information on Scarlet House please call 01453769810 or email customer relations manager, Laura Sayburn, on

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