Four generations celebrate Kettering woman's 100th birthday as she knits 100 hats for premature babies

Maud Butler pictured with daughters Myra, Jean, Enid and Iris (L to R). Photo: Alison Bagley
Maud Butler pictured with daughters Myra, Jean, Enid and Iris (L to R). Photo: Alison Bagley

A Kettering woman celebrated her 100th birthday this week surrounded by her daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

To mark the milestone, centenarian Maud Butler and her daughter Jean knitted more than 100 wool hats for premature babies, which will be donated to Northampton General Hospital.

Centenarian Maud was in fine form, surrounded by her family and a generous buffet (photo: Alison Bagley)

Centenarian Maud was in fine form, surrounded by her family and a generous buffet (photo: Alison Bagley)

Maud was treated to a surprise party and a generous buffet at St Anne's residential care home in Kettering on Monday.

"I knitted the hats with my mum after the home was asked if they would make them for the hospital," said Jean.

"But no-one knew how to knit except my mother and we decided to make one hat for each year."

Together the pair have made about 120 hats since starting in November.

As is customary when turning 100, the Queen sent her regards to Maud in a birthday card.

"When she opened the Queen's letter she was beaming from ear-to-ear," said St Anne's Debbie Soper.