Dorothy celebrates her 100th birthday

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A RETIRED school teacher and Royal British Legion volunteer has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Dorothy Henderson celebrated her milestone with friends at her home at Woodside Hall Care Home.

HM Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Peter Field, attended the event to mark the occasion and to deliver the Queen’s Congratulatory Greetings.

Dorothy is an ex-school teacher and long time volunteer with the Royal British Legion having held many posts within the organisation.

She was Poppy Appeal Secretary in Eastbourne for some 31 years from 1978 to 2009 and has helped to raise thousands of pounds for the appeal over the years.

She was awarded a gold badge by the Women’s Section of the Royal British Legion for her dedication to the wellbeing of former servicemen and women and their dependants. She saw wartime service in the WRAF where she served as a physical training instructor.

Now confined to a wheelchair due to hip problems, she spends her time doing crosswords and puzzles and still has a remarkably active mind.

Dorothy was delighted to see all her friends at the gathering and said, “I did not know I had so many friends.”

David Smedley, chairman of the Eastbourne branch of the Royal British Legion, said, “She is a remarkable, bright, and giving person.

“She is respected by all who have the good fortune to know her and to have worked with her.”