Anne, Hartford Care’s oldest resident, celebrates her 107th birthday

Anne celebrating with cake!

There were very special birthday celebrations for Anne Brokenbrow, a resident at Stokeleigh Care Home, who was 107 years young on Tuesday (28th September).

Reaching this fantastic age means Anne is the oldest resident living at one of Hartford Care’s 16 care and nursing homes, and probably the oldest resident in Bristol, a city with a population of nearly 700,000 people. What a wonderful achievement!

Anne pictured outside her care home with police officers

Anne with police officers after her arrest

Anne made national and international news headlines three years ago when she was 104. She was granted her wish to be “arrested” by the police even though she had been law-abiding all her long and happy life.  She submitted her request as part of the Bristol Wishing Washing Line initiative.


For her 107th birthday, Anne enjoyed a visit from her family, her seventh birthday card from the Queen and also a beautiful birthday cake.


Anne was born on 28th September 1914, two weeks after Britain entered World War 1. She came to live at Stokeleigh in 2018 and worked as a secretary before she retired.


Anne said she doesn’t believe she is 107 and she feels 16, as she hasn’t changed. She added that if she is 107 then that is obviously quite something and she has got to be proud of it, as not many people have reached that age!


Her secret to a long life: “We are just normal people, enjoying life and always trying to be good at things, but I haven’t done anything special to reach that age.”


Alex Mazur-Kryszynska, Stokeleigh’s manager, said: “It has been our privilege to care for Anne who is always so cheerful and happy. We believe she is possibly the oldest resident of Bristol. We would love to know if she now holds this record.”


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