Lizzie Picken celebrates her 100th birthday at Evergreen Residential Home in Plymouth. See SWNS story SWCARDS; An appeal on social media has been cards have arrived for Lizzie. Lizzie had no idea she would be getting a truck load of cards and gifts. "We started talking to Lizzie about her birthday because she's very excited about it," care home manager Jackie Tope said. "I said I could put out a request on social media and it would be fun for her to get 100 cards for her 100th. She loved that idea.” The centenarian grew up in Birmingham before starting a career in the land army, moving down to Taunton to study nursing and then to Plymouth, where she became a midwife.

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Lizzie Picken never got married and doesn’t have children, so she was expecting a rather lonely birthday when she turned 100 this week.
But instead, she woke up to 638 cards (plus some gifts) celebrating her big day.
Staff at Evergreen Residential Home, where Lizzie now lives, put out an appeal on social media, with the aim of getting 100 cards sent in time for Lizzie’s birthday.
Clearly that appeal went better than expected, as more than 600 cards and gifts turned up.
Jackie Tope, manager of the care home in Plymouth, Devon, said: ‘We started talking to Lizzie about her birthday because she was very excited about it.
‘I said I could put out a request on social media and it would be fun for her to get 100 cards for her 100th. She loved that …
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