Doris Rose celebrates 100 at Shebson Lodge Retirement Living

25 Nov 2020

Jewish Care befriender, Laura Johnson and Day Centre Organiser at Jewish Care’s Southend & Westcliff Community Centre, writes about Doris Rose who celebrated her 100 birthday on 11th November. Doris attended the community centre in the past.

Laura says “I speak to Doris every week as a befriender and she also receives Jewish Care’s Meals on Wheels which are delivered by volunteers, but we had never met, so I visited her on behalf of Jewish Care Southend & Westcliff Community Centre, socially distanced on her doorstep, and presented her with a hamper and lemon drizzle cake - her favourite.

She was overwhelmed and very happy and excited to have reached 100.

For many years her son, now in his seventies, has arranged birthday parties for her but she is very disappointed to be missing out this year due to Covid.

She spoke to me about her life and meeting her future husband at The Royal in Tottenham when she was sixteen.  Doris spent her early twenties in the Army as a radar operator in Guildford. She then travelled to many places throughout England and finished her period in the Army at Acton, leaving when she became pregnant with her son.

I sang Happy Birthday to her and played Stevie Wonder’s ‘Happy Birthday’ on my phone and she danced to this and said how much she still loves dancing.

She was delighted to receive her card from The Queen which she opened with her son and was also looking forward to being interviewed on BBC Radio Essex to tell her story.”