More than 15,000 birthday cards now sent for Sheffield pensioner’s 100th birthday

Winnie Blagden.
Winnie Blagden.
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More than 15,000 birthday cards from across the world have now been sent to a Sheffield pensioner celebrating her 100th birthday later this month.

Widow Winnie Blagden is set for a very busy birthday on May 31 after an appeal started by BBC Radio Sheffield made headlines around the globe.

BBC Radio Sheffield reporter Kat Harbourne launched a campaign to make sure Winnie Blagden, who lives alone and has no children, has cards to open on her 100th birthday. BBC Radio Sheffield has been overwhelmed with cards. Kat is pictured with postman Ryan Hill.

BBC Radio Sheffield reporter Kat Harbourne launched a campaign to make sure Winnie Blagden, who lives alone and has no children, has cards to open on her 100th birthday. BBC Radio Sheffield has been overwhelmed with cards. Kat is pictured with postman Ryan Hill.

The radio station has been inundated with cards and gifts for Winnie, who lives alone and has few remaining friends.

The gifts and cards will be officially presented to her on May 28.

The appeal for the 99-year-old started after bosses at Serenta HomeCare, which helps Winnie live independently in Sheffield, wanted to make her birthday extra special.

They wanted to arrange a tour around BBC Radio Sheffield, but when reporter Kat Harbourne heard about Winnie, she went one better. A Facebook post reached millions of people and resulted in the huge response.

Speaking last week when the total count of gifts and cards had passed 2,500, Kat said last week that the response has been ‘incredible’ and has helped to show what communities can do to help elderly people like Winnie.

She said: “It has gone worldwide, it’s just incredible. I think it’s really highlighted the fact that as a community we can do more for our older people.”