A man about to celebrate his 101st birthday has received a flood of cards and gifts, following an appeal from staff at the care home where he lives.

Jack Annall, from West Yorkshire in the UK, was disappointed to find out that his daughter Mary was unable to visit him from Australia for his upcoming birthday.

To help the centenarian celebrate his birthday, care home manager Vicky Gudgin appealed for cards to be sent to Mr Annall.

To everyone’s surprise, over 500 people answered the call from around the world.

Cards have begun piling up at the aged care home. Image: BBC

“I knew he was feeling a little bit down about not being able to see his daughter and I thought, what can we do to lift his spirits?” Mrs Gudgin said.

“I thought, let’s get the community involved and the extent it has is incredible.”

Initially, Mrs Gudgin asked other care homes in the area to send cards, but her request soon saw hundreds more send their well wishes after it was shared on social media.

Up to 500 people have sent Mr Connell birthday messages. Image: BBC

Mr Annall, who worked as a joiner and served in the RAF during World War Two, will be treated to a brass band concert and receive a visit from the RAF on his birthday.

He has video calls with his daughter twice a week and is visited by his niece once a week.

Image: BBC

This article originally appeared on Over60.