Hunslet resident celebrates 100th birthday with trip down memory lane

A resident living at a Leeds retirement living complex celebrated his 100th birthday in style by going back in time via a horse ride.

Patrick Harrison lives at MHA Assisi Place in Hunslet, and as part of his birthday celebration was treated to a horse and trap ride. Patrick rode horses in his earlier days and continued to do so until he was 70.

He celebrated his big day with five generations of his family with the youngest being 3 and the eldest 80.

The kitchen staff prepared a feast for everyone to enjoy and a special birthday cake was brought in for Patrick.

MHA Assisi Place has 45 modern apartments for rent, creating a diverse and vibrant community of residents aged 60 and over.

Julie Ratcliffe, housing assistant said:

“Partick was overwhelmed with the party we had arranged for him and he had a huge smile on his face all day.

“We arranged a horse trip for him which took him back to his earlier years and reconnected him with his traveller roots.

“There was also some live entertainment which kept all the guests and other residents entertained.

“When I asked him what was his secret to a long life he said he has used the bible as guidance and lived by this, any problems he has read the bible for answers.

“He said he has always lived a simple life and kept active, he does the weekly chair exercises here and walks to Morrisons everyday.

“He really is amazing, he got a telegram from the king to go with the other 37 cards he got and I am so happy we got to spend his big day just the way he wanted it.

“He said to me at the end he didn’t know where to start and kept thanking us.”


This post is based on a press release issued by MHA


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