Local glovemaker Dora celebrates her centenary

10th January 2012

Care Team Manager Sharon Blake wishes Dora Sims a happy birthday.


Dora Sims proudly showing off her telegram from the Queen.

Staff and residents at St Martins care home in Gillingham, Dorset, celebrated the 100th birthday of resident Mrs Dora Sims just before Christmas. Dora has lived in Gillingham over 60 years, and can remember St Martins being built. She was born in Todber, a village near Gillingham, and had six brothers who have now all passed away. Dora met her husband while out on a bike ride with her friends. They married in 1932, settling in nearby East Stour, and had one son, Denzil. To help out with the housekeeping, Dora took a job stitching gloves at home. Dora’s surviving family live in Oxford and visited her on her birthday. St Martins is one of 16 homes in Dorset operated by Care South, a leading provider of high quality residential, nursing and home care in the south of England.