100-year-old Stewart Gilbert’s weekly chair-based exercise class was interrupted by Greenfields staff, friends and family wanting to celebrate his milestone birthday!
The resident of The Mulberries scheme in Braintree was surprised and pleased to be presented with a lorry-shaped cake on Wednesday 29 January.
Stuart, originally from Scotland, has lived in the Greenfields scheme for a year and a half. Previously a long-distance lorry driver, he was the youngest of nine children and was stationed in Sudbury before marrying Irene (known to many as “Rene”) in 1942. They were married for 75 years until she passed away nearly three years ago, and the couple had a daughter, Rita, who is now 73.
Since moving to The Mulberries Stewart has been making the most out of opportunities to socialise and stay active. Rita said:
“Stewart often socialises with his scheme residents, including bingo on Tuesdays, chair-based exercise classes on Wednesdays, coffee mornings on Thursdays and ‘“Fish and Chip Fridays’” – not to mention the monthly sing-songs!”
James Taylor, Greenfields’ Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator, says: “Stewart is a great example to us all that staying physically & socially active is key to living a fulfilled life. He’s an inspiration and we are very proud to have him in our class. If you want to improve your wellbeing like Stewart, come and join us at one of our FREE classes!”
Chair-based exercise can improve mobility and prevent falls, as well as encouraging social interaction, and Greenfields holds free classes across the region.