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Well-wishers around the world send Winnie thousands of cards for her 100th birthday after viral campaign

Published 29/05/2015 | 15:36

Winnie Blagden, who will become a centenarian at the end of the month, during a surprise party at Sheffield Town Hall
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Winnie Blagden, who will become a centenarian at the end of the month, during a surprise party at Sheffield Town Hall Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
Cards for Winnie Blagden, who will become a centenarian at the end of the month, during a surprise party at Sheffield Town Hall, following an appeal by BBC Radio Sheffield on Facebook. Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
Winnie Blagden has no family and who lives alone, had 100 cards to open on her 100th birthday
Winnie Blagden
Winnie Blagden
Winnie Blagden
Winnie Blagden

A widow without any close surviving family was thrilled when well-wishers from around the world sent her thousands of birthday cards and threw a bash in her honour.

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Winnie Blagden made international headlines earlier this month when BBC Radio Sheffield sent out a request for listeners to send birthday cards to celebrate her 100th birthday.

More than 16,000 people from around the world sent Winnie their congratulations, including well-wishers from Australia, New Zealand, Romania and Japan.

To additionally mark the occasion the radio station threw Winnie a party in Sheffield’s Town Hall where she celebrated in style.

"It's lovely. I'm not used to this, it's all a bit overwhelming. It's beautiful and I just wish I could thank everyone individually." 

Kat Harbourne, the journalist who kicked off the campaign, revealed that Sue’s carer was worried she would end up without any birthday cards.

Cards for Winnie Blagden, who will become a centenarian at the end of the month, during a surprise party at Sheffield Town Hall, following an appeal by BBC Radio Sheffield on Facebook. Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
Cards for Winnie Blagden, who will become a centenarian at the end of the month, during a surprise party at Sheffield Town Hall, following an appeal by BBC Radio Sheffield on Facebook. Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
Winnie Blagden, who will become a centenarian at the end of the month, during a surprise party at Sheffield Town Hall Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
Winnie Blagden has no family and who lives alone, had 100 cards to open on her 100th birthday
Winnie Blagden
Winnie Blagden
Winnie Blagden
Winnie Blagden

"I met one of Winnie's carers, Sue Pinder, at a BBC roadshow earlier this month. Sue was worried that, as Winnie has no family, she would not have a very good birthday,” she said.

"We got thinking and decided to put out a small appeal to see if we could get a hundred cards or letters for Winnie to open on her birthday. We've been staggered by the response."

Winnie Blagden
Winnie Blagden
Winnie Blagden, who will become a centenarian at the end of the month, during a surprise party at Sheffield Town Hall Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
Cards for Winnie Blagden, who will become a centenarian at the end of the month, during a surprise party at Sheffield Town Hall, following an appeal by BBC Radio Sheffield on Facebook. Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
Winnie Blagden has no family and who lives alone, had 100 cards to open on her 100th birthday
Winnie Blagden
Winnie Blagden
Winnie Blagden

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