Observer launches birthday card appeal for 100-year-old Wiganer

Posted on: April 9, 2020 by Claire Meadows

The Wigan Observer has launched an appeal for readers to send postcards to a local war veteran who faces turning 100 in self-isolation.

Second World War veteran Harry Melling faces being alone when he marks his centenary on April 18, due to the restrictions of the coronavirus lockdown.

The paper has called on readers, in a front-page splash, to help Harry celebrate his milestone despite the extraordinary circumstances.

It said: “We are calling for as many Wiganers as possible to send a birthday card to Harry, who lives at Alexandra Grange care home, so that he is reminded of just how many people care about him and his remarkable achievements.

“Wigan’s community spirit is shining brighter than ever during the current Covid-19 crisis, and we are asking for that spirit to show itself once again with a gesture of appreciation, for one of our war heroes on his landmark birthday.”

Harry will be 100 years old on April 18. If you would to wish him a happy birthday, cards can be addressed to: Harry Melling, Alexandra Grange, 8 Howard Street, Pemberton, Wigan WN5 8BD.