101 year old’s secret of a long and happy life

An active 101 year old from Holmes Chapel has revealed the secret of a long and happy life – a positive outlook and drinking cups of tea.

Trail-blazing Linda Todd-Hunter has led an amazing life from mountaineering in her youth to teaching PE and working for a top Bond Street dressmaker in London in the 1920s.

CAREgivers providing elderly home care to Linda Todd-Hunter

But now she’s happy to recall the fabulous stories from her past to a team of five caregivers from Home Instead in Northwich.

The caregivers provide round-the-clock support, care and assistance helping her to lead an independent life in her own home.

Mrs Todd-Hunter moved to Holmes Chapel in 2008 from Market Drayton when her husband died.

Caregiver, Davina Ramsbottom was there to wish Mrs Todd-Hunter many happy returns of the day on her birthday along with Mrs Todd-Hunter’s daughter, Rosalind.

Davina said: “Linda has a very positive attitude to life and is a wonderful lady. She’s always eaten lots of fruit and drunk tea, though now this is caffeine-free tea.”

Mrs Todd-Hunter used to be a keen mountaineer and rock climber and met her husband whilst rambling with the International Friendship League.

The couple had a long and happy marriage, lasting 69 years and spent their honeymoon in the Lake District climbing.

Keen on needlework at school, Mrs Todd-Hunter developed this craft from a young age and went on to work in London for a top-class dressmaker.

But her career didn’t end there. During the 1930s, Mrs Todd-Hunter taught PE at various schools as part of the Workers Education Authority (WEA).

Deborah El-Deen, owner of Home Instead in Northwich said Mrs Todd-Hunter is their eldest client and a wonderful lady.

“Her team of five caregivers are all very fond of her and provide excellent care for her at home.”

Northwich Home Instead is looking for other local people who have compassionate and caring natures and are interested in joining the team.
The service allows older people to continue living in their own homes and is tailored to the needs of individual clients.  It ranges from companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, post-discharge care, personal care, medication reminders, shopping and errands. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week

To contact Home Instead in Northwich call 01606 800101 or for more information visit www.homeinstead.co.uk.

Photo Caption: Linda Todd-Hunter is pictured with (left) care manager, Melanie Fone and Northwich Home Instead owner, Deborah El- Deen.