'My 101st was the best birthday of all' says Wimbledon woman
A former nanny with just one living relative has celebrated her 101st birthday saying it was the "best in her life".
Josephine Sopp was born in Vienna and came to the UK in 1949 working first in the Jersey Islands and Cambridge before settling in Wimbledon to work as a nanny.
She married in 1959 but had no children and her only living relative is a nephew who lives in Vienna along with his daughter. She is now a resident at the Park Lodge Care Home in Victoria Drive where she is visited five times a week by Anna-Maria Garzolini.
Mrs Garzolini said: "She’s lovely and bubbly and very strong willed.
"She can certainly stand up for herself.
"She’s a very interesting person but she doesn’t think so and was a bit overwhelmed on her birthday of all the attention she was getting.
"She had a terrific birthday."
Mrs Garzolini had previously visited another lady at the care home but when she passed away asked to be introduced to someone else who could benefit from her visits.
She added: "She is completely compos mentis and her memory is brilliant.
"I get a huge amount of pleasure from it.
"It’s not a one way street.
"I come from a big Italian family but they aren’t around.
"So I hate the idea that no one is around for her.
"She fills my gap.
"I can’t be there for my mum but we can help each other."
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