A pensioner named after the Armistice Day she was born on has been flooded with cards and gifts after carers realised her 100th might go un-noticed.
Dilys Armistice Fox has outlived most of her family and never had children of her own.
Staff at the Salvation Army care home where she now lives posted a message on a local Facebook forum hoping to get one or two cards.
However, since the message appeared, Dilys has been inundated with gifts, cards and visitors.
Staff at Villa Adastra in Hassocks, West Sussex, asked locals to send Dilys, who was born on November 11, 1918 near Caerphilly, Wales, a card as over the years the numbers arriving on her birthday have dwindled.
In a Facebook post, Sharon Bacon, Head of Care, said: ‘We have a very special lady who will be turning 100 on Armistice Day.
‘Her actual middle name is Armistice! I know it’s a big ask but we wondered if any of you would like to send her or make her a card?
‘She doesn’t have anyone other than us near by and we would like to make it a special day for her.
‘She loves children and used to be a children’s nanny so if any of the local schools, play schools or clubs would like to take part we would be very grateful.’
Sharon said they have been overwhelmed by the response from the community.
She added: ‘We’ve had school children, clubs, nurseries, everybody wants to come and visit Dilys’.
Even though she could be receiving the traditional telegram from the Palace, Dilys is no stranger to Royalty.
Her late husband Henry Edward Fox was head gardener at Windsor and the couple lived on the grounds.
‘I used to go to church with the Queen,’ Dilys said. ‘We lived at the end of the Long Walk on the left. We lived there for about 11 years.’
Asked for her secret to her longevity, Dilys said: ‘I’m very independent.
‘I make my own bed every morning, even to this day, and I get myself washed and dressed. There’s no flies on me.’