If generosity was the secret to a long life, Gladys Farnsworth would be a great example.
While Barnsley born and bred Gladys will be celebrating her 100th birthday on 10 June, she doesn’t want any presents. Instead she is asking her family and friends to make donations to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.
Gladys, who lives in Hoyland Common, still lives independently thanks to the support of good friends and her family, including her son, two grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She says she has chosen South Yorkshire’s only children’s hospice because of the great work it does with children and young adults facing life-shortening and life-limiting conditions.
Gladys said: “I chose Bluebell Wood because it is so important to families in their hour of need. We have been very blessed in our family as we have had no big problems, but not all families are so fortunate and need all the help they can get.
“What do I need at 100 anyway? I like being able to go out for a meal or enjoy a good shopping trip but there’s not much I really need at my age.”
Anna Gott, Community Fundraiser, Bluebell Wood: “We’re hugely impressed by Gladys’ kindness in thinking of Bluebell Wood. It’s thanks to generous people like her that we’re able to support families facing the toughest of times. Our motto is ‘living with love and laughter’ and every penny raised really does help to create special memories for children, young adults and families both at the hospice and in their own homes.”