Eating KFC and a happy marriage is the secret to a long and happy life says 103 year old Eileen from Horndean

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A Horndean resident who has celebrated her 103rd birthday has revealed her secrets to a long and happy life – including eating lots of fried chicken.

Eileen Veysey celebrates her 103rd birthday with a KFCEileen Veysey celebrates her 103rd birthday with a KFC
Eileen Veysey celebrates her 103rd birthday with a KFC | Pear Tree Court care home in Horndean

Eileen Veysey, who lives at Pear Tree Court, on Portsmouth Road in Horndean shared her amusing life advice as she celebrated her 103rd birthday on Sunday,  April 14.

When asked by team members how she wanted to mark the milestone occasion, Eileen expressed only one wish – to enjoy a delicious bucket of chicken from her favourite restaurant, KFC. The day was full of surprises, with Eileen waking up to a decorated bedroom, a birthday cake specially prepared by the home’s head chef, and visits throughout the day from her family.

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And as well as her KFC boneless banquet, Eileen received an exciting delivery from the fast-food giant, who, after hearing about its biggest fan, sent the centenarian a special birthday hamper filled with KFC treats, including a new chicken jumper and iconic bucket hat.

Eileen said: “I really enjoyed the whole day - seeing my family and enjoying a delicious KFC too. I absolutely love the gifts from KFC, it was a fantastic surprise, and I would like to thank them very much!

“I first tried KFC when I was a lot younger – we didn’t have them very often as they were quite expensive. Even now they are a special treat! My favourite KFC order is a leg of chicken with spicy coating! I’ve never tried McDonalds, but I’m sure it is nothing compared. My grandchildren love KFC too, I think it has definitely been passed on through the generations from me.”

A KFC spokesperson said: "Turning 103 calls for a special kind of celebration and we were honoured to be a part of Eileen’s birthday wish.”

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Former shorthand secretary Eileen was born in Portsmouth in 1921, where she was married to sweetheart Morris at the age of 19. The couple have one daughter and now enjoy two grandchildren and a dozen great-grandchildren.

Since moving to Pear Tree Court two years ago, music lover Eileen spends her days listening to Angel Radio and enjoying audio books. Along with fried chicken treats, Eileen cited a “very good marriage” as another crucial secret to her long and fulfilling life.

She also added: “A good murder mystery always gets me by and passes the time.” 

Aimee Sparks, Home Manager at Pear Tree Court run by Care UK, added: “There’s no one who loves KFC more than Eileen and she really was delighted with her special birthday surprise.

“It was wonderful to hear her sound advice for living a long and happy life – including eating lots of KFC and a happy marriage. It certainly made us all chuckle.”

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