Extra Care marks extra special birthday for oldest living person in NI

Extra Care celebrated with its client of over six years, Maud Nicholl from Ballymena, as she recently turned 109, the oldest living person in NI
Maud Nicholl with her second cousin Jean Bell ©Press Eye/Darren Kidd

Extra Care, the oldest local charity providing domiciliary care in Northern Ireland, celebrated with its client of over six years, Maud Nicholl from Ballymena, as she turned 109. Maud is believed to be the oldest person living in Northern Ireland. Celebrating with family and close friends in her home town, Maud received a card from the Queen, flowers, a cake and other birthday gifts.

Remarkably, Maud lives in her own home and receives care to allow her to remain living as independently as possible.  Domiciliary care providers Extra Care have been caring for Maud and is one of the oldest clients they have ever looked after.

Brian Hutchinson, Chief Executive of Extra Care said, “It is a pleasure to care for Maud and our care staff comment on how she is always smiling. Being the oldest person in the country is certainly something to celebrate and we are proud that we can make a small difference each day for Maud.

“Our goal is to ensure that people can remain in their own home for as long as possible, living with dignity and comfort with help from our highly skilled care team.

As people’s needs change, we believe our support is at its most effective when delivered in your own home, where surroundings are familiar and you are most content. We believe this is true no matter that your specific needs may be.”

Maud, who never married, was surrounded by those who are close to her during her birthday celebrations at the Tullyglass Hotel in Ballymena. Speaking amongst her family and friends Maud said, “Thank you for today, I’ve had a lovely birthday.”