Motherwell centenarian’s special birthday

Motherwell resident Lumkile Heleni celebrated his 103rd birthday with officers from the Motherwell police station

Motherwell’s oldest resident got the birthday gift of his dreams on Thursday – a garden set and other goods to help him start a vegetable garden at home.

Lumkile Heleni, 103, celebrated his birthday with a party at the Motherwell police station.

Police spokesman Captain Andre Beetge said Heleni’s birthday gifts included a double bed and gardening set.

“Winter is closing in and in the bed and bedding will keep him warm and comfortable,” Beetge said.

“His dream is also to start a small vegetable garden at his home in NU10 and thus the gardening set and basic vegetable seeds that was given to him will make his dream become a reality.”

Beetge said Heleni’s wife of 68 years died last month – just days after they celebrated her 96th birthday at the police station.

“Her death after her passing suddenly only a week after her birthday was felt with sorrow by Motherwell police,” Beetge said.

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