A milestone birthday celebration for Necia

Necia being presented with her birthday cake at the care home.
Necia being presented with her birthday cake at the care home.

An inspirational local woman is celebrating after reaching the grand age of 103 last week.

Necia Eason, MBE, marked the occasion with friends and family at Mearns House, a Meallmore care home in Newton Mearns.

Necia has lived a remarkable life, devoting much of her time to helping vulnerable children throughout the country.

Along with her husband, Necia helped set up the Harmeny School in 1958 – a grant aided special school in Edinburgh which supports children and young people with complex social emotional and behavioural needs.

She was a chairman for the school for 16 years and there is a house in the school named ‘Eason’ after herself and her husband.

Necia also played a vital role in expanding the work of the charity Save the Children in Scotland and worked closely with the charity for over 60 years. In 1977, Necia was honoured with an MBE from Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne, for her contribution to helping improve children’s lives in the UK.

Necia has been a resident at Mearns House since October 2016 and was joined this week by friends and family, including her two sons Peter and Roger, for the celebrations.

Janet Stone, Mearns House activity coordinator, organised an afternoon full of fun including a Rock n Roll performance by local entertainer, Stevie B.

Speaking about the day, Janet said: “Everyone had a wonderful day celebrating Necia’s birthday and it was great to see the joy on Necia’s face. She is usually quite a private person but she really got in to the spirit of the party and especially enjoyed getting her hair and makeup done for the occasion.

“We are so proud of the work Necia has done over the years to help support vulnerable children. She really is a remarkable woman.

“Last month, we decided to donate the money raised from our Christmas Jumper Day to Save the Children in honour of Neica. Over £400 was raised and Necia was so pleased and thought it was wonderful to still be able to support the charity after all these years.”