Special visit to mark Dora's 106th birthday

July 30 2020

DORA Banfield, a resident at Deerhurst Care Home in Kingswood, has celebrated her 106th birthday.

Special visit to mark Dora's 106th birthday

Born in Kent in 1914, Dora has lived through two World Wars. She was brought up on a farm, joined the Land Army, then became a teacher and an artist and had a book published when she was 93 years old about how to be an artist. 

She has three children, eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. 

Dora, who has lived at the home run by Brunelcare for two years, marked her big  day with an outdoor visit from her daughter Mary.

Mary said: “I was so pleased to see Mum on her birthday, what a special time we had! I can hardly believe we have a Mum who is 106 years old. I thought she looked very well. 

"I want to thank everyone at Deerhurst for making her birthday such a special occasion. The awning was a cosy place to sit and the decorations were bright and cheerful. The care home really did go above and beyond to accommodate us and ensure mum had a special day.”

Oona Goldsworthy, Brunelcare chief executive, said: “We are so thrilled we could celebrate Dora’s special day with her and her family. 

"Our Deerhurst care home really did pull out all the stops to ensure Dora and her family had the most magical day as possible during these unprecedented times. We have extraordinary people giving extraordinary care across our five care homes.” 

Deerhurst was the first of Brunelcare’s homes to offer outdoor, socially distant garden visits for family and friends of residents.