Going for Gold with Armchair Olympics at Dormy House

Residents from Dormy House have been taking part in various armchair Olympics games in recent weeks and getting into the competitive spirit of this international event. In the week leading up to the Rio Olympics, residents were involved in making decorations, flags and even the medals that would be awarded so that they would be ‘ready, set, go’, after the opening ceremony took place.

The residents all fully embraced this occasion with lots of zeal and participated in various games such as Bean Bag, Toss Quoits, Skittles, Crazy Golf, Artistry, Best Oompher, Best singer in Oomph and longest life lived.

Medals were awarded to our residents in their respective categories and they approached the games with so much passion and enthusiasm. We are proud to announce our Dormy House gold medal winners and games participants as:

Edith Doyle, Elizabeth Jacobs, Eric Busby, Harold Soriton, Jim Parsley, Ray Buckle, Inge Cross, Johana Dunning, Maureen Emms and Phillip Sayers.

We are also very fortunate at Dormy House that one of our residents, Robert (Bob) Lowery is actually an Olympian athlete and competed in two summer Olympics, in the early to mid-1960s.

His first appearance was in the men’s K-1 4 × 500 metres event in the 1960s Summer Olympics on Lake Albano in Rome – this would be the only time this event was held in the Summer Olympics making it even more special. His next appearance was again in the men’s K-4 1000 metres event; a fours kayaking event held on Lake Sagami, Japan.

Bob rightly so, is very proud of his achievements and was pleased to regale everyone with stories of these events and it brought back lots of treasured memories. Bob’s wife Kathy brought in his official Olympic blazer and other items of memorabilia like his Olympic Village pass and a keepsake medal from the Tokyo games for everyone to see. Bob thoroughly enjoyed our Olympics dedication and was happy to pose for photos wearing his ‘GB’ Blazer and we must admit, looks very dapper.

Helen Payne – Hospitality & Activities lead said:

“They all had a fantastic time – there was so much laughter and it has been a really enjoyable experience. We know our residents benefit from the physical exercise which helps with their concentration, coordination and mobility but another very important priority is having fun and enjoying the social and wellbeing benefits of being interactive with others.”

At Dormy House, we believe an active life is a happier and more fulfilling life and a key member of the care team is our Activities Lead. They work with our residents on a group and individual basis to ensure everyone has an opportunity to participate in activities that have real meaning for them. We encourage our residents to maintain the hobbies and interests they have built up over a lifetime but also to try new experiences as and when they wish.

If you would like to find out more about life at Dormy House, please contact us on 0808 223 5424 or via email to manager.dormy@CaringHomes.org.


Dormy House

Home Manager

Joanne Gullon


Ridgemount Road,

0808 223 5424
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