Champagne Is Secret To Long Life For Woman Celebrating 108th Birthday
When you see people reach big birthday milestones like the big 100, everyone wants to know how they managed to live so long.
Was it meditation? What about abstaining from sugar? Is it going to church every Sunday? What about having a loving partner?
While everyone is different, one woman heralds champagne for keeping her alive long enough to celebrate her 108th birthday.
Dorothy Flowers has been inundated with more than 650 cards from people all around the world who wanted to wish her a big happy birthday.
The cards were stacked high at the Bupa-owned Southlands Care Home, Harrogate in North Yorkshire, with some of the well-wishers coming from as far as Spain, New York and Australia.
But when you ask staff at her care home what keeps her alive, they have one simple answer.
Resident manager Helene Ballinger said: "Dorothy loves company, so she'll sit with us at the reception desk each day. She's such a regular that she's got her own drawer, which we keep full of chocolate buttons.
"Her real secret for longevity though has to be champagne. It's the only thing we ever see her finish a glass of.
"Needless to say, we've been toasting her birthday."
Dorothy's niece Judith says the 108-year-old has been overwhelmed with how much effort everyone has put in for the big day.
"It's the small gestures that can make a big difference. We never dreamt that my aunt would receive so many cards," Judith said.
"While she's not able speak any more, the smile on her face said it all. It was a wonderful surprise and has helped make her day so special.
"While she's very independent, she's always been happiest when surrounded by others, and the cards have made her feel very loved."
Happy Birthday Dorothy! Hope you crack a bottle of bubbly everyday this week.
Featured Image Credit: SWNS