Keeping fit is the secret to a long and happy life

Dora with son-in-law Charles Wesley and daughter Jean Wesley with Chandos Lodge staff
Dora with son-in-law Charles Wesley and daughter Jean Wesley with Chandos Lodge staff

A Stourbridge care home resident has celebrated her 103rd birthday and revealed that the secret of a long and happy life is keeping fit – and the odd trip to West Midlands Safari Park.


Great, great grandmother Dora Nash, who was born in 1911, is a resident at specialist care home Chandos Lodge in Hagley, and marked her 103rd year surrounded by family and friends at a specially-organised birthday celebration.


Staff at the care home, which is based in Stourbridge Road, arranged for popular local singer Tom Wenlock to perform some old favourites for residents and former HP Sauce factory worker Dora’s loved ones, including her great, great grand-daughter.



A resident at the care home since December 2007, Dora was born in the Witton area of Birmingham.


Activities co-ordinator Vicky Bennett, who arranged the party, said: “We were all thrilled to celebrate Dora’s remarkable birthday and put on a special party for her.


“She is a big part of life here and is a lovely lady so organising a special event was the least we could do to help her celebrate her big day in style alongside her amazing family.


“Dora gets involved with everything at the care home and is always keen to come on the various trips that we organise – with West Midlands Safari Park being one of her favourites.


“Amazingly she also takes part in keep-fit classes that we run here every two weeks and has always said that keeping fit is the key to a long life.


“If anyone wants the secret of a long and happy life, they could learn a thing or two from Dora.”


Chandos Lodge is part of the privately-owned Redwood Care Homes Group and is registered with the Care Quality Commission as a care home for 34 residents.



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