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99-year-old woman walks 100 laps around sheltered housing complex in aid of King's Mill maternity unit




A woman who walked 100 laps around her sheltered housing complex in aid of the hospital maternity unit where her fifth great-grandchild was born has smashed her financial target.

Partially-sighted Winifred Greatorex isn’t 100 until November and had set herself a target of 100 laps by then.

Winifred Greatrex celebrates her 100. (41864514)
Winifred Greatrex celebrates her 100. (41864514)

However, she smashed that goal last week along with her £100 target, raising more than £1,500.

Inspired by Captain Tom Moore, who raised more than £30m through walking laps around his garden before his 100th birthday, Winifred set herself her own challenge, wanting to raise money for the NHS.

Granddaughter Donna Jordan, from Kelham, suggested Winifred raise money for the maternity unit at King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield, where her son, Albert, was born by emergency caesarian section in April, weighing 7lb 9oz.

Donna Jordan of Kelham, with her 21-week-old son Albert Orridge. (41927781)
Donna Jordan of Kelham, with her 21-week-old son Albert Orridge. (41927781)

Dozens of residents, most of them aged over 80, and staff at the complex where Winifred lives at Colin Broughton Court in Bulwell, turned out socially-distanced to clap and cheer Winifred as she completed her laps.

Donna said: “Nan decided in lockdown, inspired by Captain Tom, that she wanted to raise money for charity and I suggested the maternity unit at King’s Mill where Albert was born in April.

“We set up a JustGiving page for her and off she went.

Winfred with little Albert. (41864519)
Winfred with little Albert. (41864519)

“Nan is extremely witty, not easily overwhelmed and has great determination.

“She’s a real inspiration and an example to us all.”

Donna, who is on maternity leave at home with Albert, described the care and support that she received in King’s Mill as fantastic.

To add to Winifred’s total, go to www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/win-greatorex



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