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Caring members of the community help Ilford centenarian celebrate her special day

PUBLISHED: 16:57 26 April 2016 | UPDATED: 17:05 26 April 2016

Bed-bound Hilda Pullen, surrounded by friends including Cllr Muhammed Javed, second right. Photo: Muhammed Javed

Bed-bound Hilda Pullen, surrounded by friends including Cllr Muhammed Javed, second right. Photo: Muhammed Javed

Muhammed Javed

With the prospect of celebrating a milestone alone, friends of a bed-bound woman rallied round to help toast her 100th birthday.

With the prospect of celebrating a milestone alone, friends of a bed-bound woman rallied round to help toast her 100th birthday.

Life-long Ilford resident Hilda Pullen, whose nearest relative lives in York, came to the attention of Cllr Muhammed Javed (Lab, Clements Ward) six years ago.

Late one evening over the Christmas period, Mrs Pullen’s house was burgled while she was home alone.

“The only people that were visiting Hilda were carers four times a day, which she paid for herself,” said Cllr Javed.

“No one saw the burglars enter or leave.”

Mrs Pullen managed to call the police who in turn called the council after seeing how isolated Mrs Pullen was living after her husband died 30 years ago.

“I went round and had a cup of tea, sorted out her room, they had taken some cash.

“We got her door sorted out as her letter box was broken which had been put in the 1960s.

“That was sorted through the insurance and now she is bed bound.”

The councillor said he kept in touch with the elderly woman by visiting her every other day.

To make sure her milestone was filled with cheer, members of the community - including carers, community support officers and the Mayor of Redbridge, Cllr Barbara White - helped the centenarian celebrate her special day.

“Take care of your neighbours,” said Cllr Javed. “Just pop in on them and say hello, they just want to speak to somebody.”


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