Independent centenarian reaches 104th milestone

St Andrews 104-year-old Miss Mary Gardner.
St Andrews 104-year-old Miss Mary Gardner.

AN EAST Neuk centenarian, who is still living in her own home, has celebrated her 104th birthday.

Miss Mary Gardner, from Cellardyke, reached the milestone on September 11 - having been born during the Edwardian era.

And not only is she still able to live independently with care and support from Fife Council’s home care service, she’s been in the same house for more than a century!

Mary told the Citizen: ‘‘The care I receive from the social work home care service is very good and all the carers that help me are very polite and professional.

‘‘I look forward to seeing the carers on a daily basis, as I would not be able to remain in my own home without their assistance.

‘‘I have lived in this house since I was three-years-old and it has lots of fond memories.”

Home carer Carol Alexander, who has been supporting Mary for the past 12 years, added: “Miss Gardner started receiving a home care service in August 1991 and I have been attending to her since December 1999.

‘‘She’s a lovely lady and we get on really well.”

Steve Mckenna, home care manager, added: “We are delighted to be able to share in celebrating the 104th birthday of Miss Gardner.

‘‘It is so important for people to remain in their own homes for as long as possible and to live independently, and I am glad that we are able to support her to do this.

‘‘The home carers who visit Miss Gardner and many other older people in Fife take a real pride in delivering the best service possible.”