A care home has called on the community to send 100 birthday cards to a much-loved resident to mark a major milestone.

Elsie Butler, who lives at Dean Wood Bupa Care Home in Brighton, will turn 100 on November 28.

To celebrate on the day, Elsie will be joined by family, friends and fellow residents for an afternoon tea at Dean Wood’s Sea View café.

But resident experience manager Julie Mullen hopes to make the occasion even more special with the help of the community.

“We are really looking forward to Elsie’s 100th birthday,” she said.

“We are hoping the community will send as many cards as possible to show her how truly special she is.

The Argus: Dean Wood Bupa Care Home Dean Wood Bupa Care Home (Image: Dean Wood Bupa Care Home)

“Marking milestone birthdays is incredibly important to us at Dean Wood - we love making a fuss of every individual resident and Elsie is truly a character to be celebrated.”

Elsie said she is “thoroughly looking forward” to her 100th birthday and revealed the secret to a long and happy life.

“My advice would be to visit new places and treasure all the special moments with your family,” she said.

Elsie was born and raised in Croydon to parents Win and Harry alongside older sister Eirene.

She attended Lady Edridge High School on a scholarship before completing an apprenticeship at a hairdresser in Purley High Street.

Elsie met her late husband, Robert, when she was 17 years old during a day out with her sister to the seaside.

The Argus: Elsie at Dean WoodElsie at Dean Wood (Image: Dean Wood Bupa Care Home)


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During the Second World War, Elsie volunteered for the Auxiliary Territorial Army for over four years and did hairdressing in her spare time, while Robert was in the Chindits and fought during the Burma Campaign.

They married in 1945 and moved to Brighton, where they had their children Margaret, Jacqueline and Robert.

Once their children had grown up, Robert and Elsie enjoyed trips to destinations including America, Canada, Greece and the Canary Islands.

Robert died in 1993 and Elsie moved into sheltered accommodation where she became a social organiser and enjoyed entertaining and throwing parties for the residents.

She moved to Dean Wood Bupa Care Home in 2022 and now enjoys taking part in different activities with her friends.

She is very fond of having tea on the roof terrace with family.

If you would like to send a birthday card to Elsie address it to: Dean Wood Bupa Care Home, Warren Road, Brighton, BN2 6DA.