A resident of a care home in Purley is overjoyed after her favorite Hollywood star and her new friend sent her a present on her 94th birthday.
In March, Penny Gladding celebrated her 10th birthday at Purely’s Signature Care Home, throwing a Liam Neeson-themed party.
Liam heard about the party and personally called Penny to thank her and chat on the phone.
Last month, Penny celebrated her 94th birthday at Signature Care Home and she was surprised with gifts and a handwritten note from the movie star.
Penny says she was “delighted” with her gifts from Liam – which he had promised to send in the initial phone call.
In her special birthday note, the Taken Trilogy star addressed her as “my lovely Penny” and gave her a “big Irish hug”.
Penny told Your Local Guardian: “I hardly ever use the words love, but I love her.
“Talking to him is out of this world, I still can’t believe it.
“He’s a really lovely man, as well as a great actor.
“He sent me a beautiful bouquet of flowers and a vase, as well as a manuscript – it was wonderful.”
Rebecca, who is currently Penny’s representative at the nursing home, says Penny is Liam’s “number one fan” because she sleeps with a life-size cardboard cutout of the movie star.
Rebecca said: “Penny has hundreds of pictures of Liam strewn about her room, that’s awesome.
“She really is his number one fan.
“He called Penny on March 14, and it was completely out of the blue.
“I was literally at my desk about to leave for the day, and suddenly I ran into Liam Neeson.
“We had a good chat for a little while like he was a friend, he asked me about my job and about Penny.
“He’s such a lovely man.”
Penny’s friendship with the superstar dates back to her Liam-themed celebration last month marking a decade spent as a resident of Signature in Purley, having moved in with her late husband Claude in 2012.
Signature at Purley and Penny staff are hoping Liam will drop by and meet in person – so the couple can continue to build on their blossoming friendship.
Tina Dawson, Managing Director of Signature at Purley, said: “Penny really enjoys watching her blockbuster hits, especially the thriller Taken in her spare time.
“Liam is his favorite actor, so it’s nice to see that he’s continued to reach out to our Penny despite his busy schedule.
“It really means the world to her that he reconnected specifically for her birthday, and I’m sure she treasures their growing friendship.”