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.