Coventry community comes together to help city centenarian Dorothy celebrate her 103rd birthday - The Coventry Observer

20th Aug, 2022

Coventry community comes together to help city centenarian Dorothy celebrate her 103rd birthday

Tristan Harris 21st Oct, 2020 Updated: 21st Oct, 2020

A COVENTRY centenarian had a 103rd birthday to remember after an appeal for the city to help her celebrate the marvellous milestone.

Dorothy Reed has one surviving relative who was unable to attend her special day.

So staff at The Knowles Care Home, where Dorothy lives, put out an appeal on the ‘Spotted Coventry City’ Facebook page to ask if people could help make Dorothy’s birthday extra special.

And the response from the community was overwhelming – as Dorothy received gifts of balloons, cakes, a floral deliveries from Jaguar Land Rover, afternoon tea from Nailcote Hall Hotel and hundreds of cards from all over the world.

Aleiya Brammer from Up and Away Balloons, Coventry, said: “After being tagged in the post on Facebook I just had to do something for this lady, what an amazing age to celebrate, I am absolutely honoured to have played a part in making her day extra special.”

Hayley, the home manager at The Knowles, added: “We were very proud to be part of Dorothy’s special day and wish her very many happy returns.

“We are her family here at the Knowles and today this family just got so much bigger.

“Thank you to everyone who helped in making Dorothy’s day the special day she deserves.”

A spokesperson for Spotted Coventry City said: “Our platform has a huge following so it’s only right we play our part to help out when people reach out to us.

“We are truly grateful we could make Dorothy’s 103rd Birthday a special one and we thank our amazing followers for contributing so many lovely gifts, cards and more.

“Spotted Coventry City is a free page, ran by two people – it’s hard work but things like this make it all well worth it.”

Dorothy, around the age of 13, found work as a nurse maid in the local Barnardo’s Children’s Home.

She loved taking care of the babies and playing games with the children.

During the war Dorothy loved to frequent the local dance halls where she met some wonderful soldiers from all over the world – Canadians, Australians and Americans who even taught her how to ‘Jive’.

Later Dorothy met her husband Len who she had a comfortable life and they had one son, John.

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