Dora Banfield celebrated her 104th birthday this weekend amongst friends, family and employees at Brunelcare’s Deerhurst care home.
Dora recently moved to Deerhurst care home in Soundwell, Bristol,
from Taunton, to be closer to family.
Dora was born in Kent in 1914 and was brought up on a farm. She has three children: two daughters (Mary & Jane) and a son (Maurice) and no less than eight grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren! She trained as an infant school teacher in London before getting married and moving to Taunton.
Dora loved doing and teaching art, ran her own art classes and at age 93, she had a book called “A window into Art”, inspirations for creative art, published. Dora has been a very active church member and did voluntary work for her local community.
When asked why she thought she was still living well at 104, Dora said:
“I had wonderful parents and a good Christian life, a wonderful family and I drink plenty of water”.
Lesley Hobbs, Manager of Brunelcare’s Deerhurst care home says:
“Dora is such a kind and gentle lady. It’s such a compliment that she chose to come and live with us and join our ever growing group of centenarians.”