A ray of sunshine to cast away the gloom

Though warded in hospital after a fall, 88-year-old Alice brought cheer to other patients and visitors with her smiles and gungho attitude

"You have a card," the nurse said brightly, waving the cherished item.

Alice beamed in surprise and said happily, her voice booming round the six-bed hospital ward: "Who sent it to me?"

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 23, 2018, with the headline 'A ray of sunshine to cast away the gloom'. Print Edition | Subscribe