I’m still alive after nearly dying. I’m 87 and proud of it.
My mum used to say I was “a stubborn moo” because they were called to the hospital three times when I was born and were told I wouldn’t last the night. But I did.
Two car accidents.
One premature baby which passed away.
And a few other catastrophes, but I’m still here. It makes you stronger.
My husband used to call me ‘Mrs Bossy Boots’ and ‘Mrs Nosy Parker’.
Now I have no more family left in England.
I’ve worked with the Scout Association for more than 65 years.
Because of the tragedy of our own children, I just wanted to help.
It just gives me a lot of happiness to think I’m doing something for someone.
My reward is people’s faces when they smile.
I started volunteering at this food bank because it’s near where I’ve lived all my life.
I hope that through my church work and scout work people are feeling accepted, happy and secure. They can’t get rid of me.
I was told ‘there’s no rest for the wicked’ and ‘only the good die young’.
I write poetry and in a couple of weeks I’m going to do stand up comedy about old age.
There’s no reason not to enjoy life.
Brenda Meadows, 87, Hammersmith & Fulham
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