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25 Aug 2022

Local care home resident Kathleen becomes the third oldest person in Surrey as she celebrates her 109th birthday

Local care home resident Kathleen becomes the third oldest person in Surrey as she celebrates her 109th birthday

A Surrey care home resident has just celebrated her 109th birthday with friends and family.

Kathleen Shaw, the third oldest individual in Surrey (31st oldest in the UK), is a resident at Caring Homes’ Knowle Park Nursing Home in Cranleigh. 
Originally from Grantham in Lincolnshire, Kathleen moved down to Surrey to become a secretary for the board of London Buses and has remained in the county ever since.

Kathleen spent her big day with fellow residents, and long-distance family and enjoyed some of her favourite foods; BBQ and cake!
Throughout the day, Kathleen was joined by loved ones including her son and grandchildren from America, as well as a live local performer, Alex Eberhard and a visit from the local vintage ice cream truck, Moooh!   
Stating the secret to a long and healthy life is “eating broccoli and carrots”, Kathleen shared a few words about her birthday celebrations. She said: “Everyone is so very kind and what a lovely day I am having. I can’t believe all this is for me!!”
Kathleen moved into Knowle Park Nursing Home back in July 2018, where she keeps herself busy and active. She enjoys a regular walk around the gardens of the home, watching The Chase and spending time with her loved ones.
Caring Homes’ Knowle Park home manager, Azaad Saumtally, said: “Kathleen is such an elegant and kind individual and such an inspiration to everyone! To have just turned 109 years young and to still be so independent with such a positive attitude at her age is truly incredible. It just goes to show age is just a number.
“Throughout Kathleen’s big day, we were joined by several generations of her family and it was such a joy to have been a part of a wonderful occasion. From everyone at Knowle Park, we wish Kathleen the happiest of birthdays.”
Knowle Park is a beautifully restored Manor House conveniently located in a quiet residential area of Cranleigh, offering the highest standards of residential, nursing and palliative care, including trial stays, respite breaks and convalescent care as well as long-term care.
For more information about Knowle Park, contact the team on 0808 223 5518 or by visiting -
Notes to editor: For more information about this press release, please contact Matilda Gillings Conteur by emailing


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