Popular hospital fundraiser form Northampton celebrates 102nd birthday

102 year old Nellie Tugwell with staff at St St Christopher 's Care Home with son
102 year old Nellie Tugwell with staff at St St Christopher 's Care Home with son

A charitable centenarian from Northampton, who helped raise more than £7,000 for the town’s chemotherapy recovery suite celebrated turning 102 this week.

Nellie Tugwell, who currently lives at St Christopher’s care Home in Abington Park Crescent, marked her birthday on Wednesday with a small gathering of friends.

The mother-of-one was joined by son Roy, who said Mrs Tugwell’s key to a long life is her love of people.

He said: “She is just so determined to get on with life and make the most of it.

“She just loves people and she has always been a good mixer - people have always kept in touch with her.

“Everyone still loves her and she gets lots of visitors.”

Mrs Tugwell spent her early years in Bletchley before moving to Charles Street in Northampton town centre, where she brought up son Roy.

She married Arthur in 1938,who sadly passed away in 1982.

Mrs Tugwell led a varied working life, spending years serving at Murdoch’s music shop in the town centre and in the furniture department of the Co-op store in Abington Street.

However she will be best known around Northampton for her work to raise money to help establish the William Bird Room of Northampton general hospital named after her father.

The space offers a quiet area for those who have recently had chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Roy Tugwell, 75, of Hardingstone, said: “She raised an awful lot of money through raffles - she would go round the whole of town, so a lot of people know her.”

Mrs Tugwell now enjoys knitting and writing short poems for her friends.

Roy added: “She’s got the mind of a 60-year-old.”