Kathleen hits 104

Everyone at Dormy House in Berkshire was celebrating recently as popular resident Kathleen Dawson hit her 104th Birthday.

The day itself was marked by a party at the converted 1930’s home for Kathleen’s family, fellow residents and staff as she showed off her much-anticipated telegram from the Queen.

Kathleen was born on 9th January 1909 as the eldest of two children. She was brought up in Heacham in West Norfolk. Her Father was a plumber/decorator who helped lay out the water grid in West Norfolk and was also Head of Heacham fire brigade, whilst her mother was a trained Nurse who worked for the council in a Residential Care Home.

Kathleen was one of the first children ever to do the 11+ exams in 1920 and passed. She went to a High School for girls in Kings Lynn which was a 14 mile train journey each day from Heacham. From there, she went to Lincoln Teacher Training College near Norwich. It was here that she met her husband Jack Dawson. The couple married in 1936 and went on to have a son named James.

Kathleen moved to Birmingham aged 20 and took on a teaching role in a primary school in 1929. She was a primary school teacher for most of her life, finally retiring at the age of 69. Away from work, Kathleen developed a passion for old time dancing, which she took up at the age of 60 and continued until she was 89.

Despite Jack passing away in 1979, Kathleen stayed in Erdington, Birmingham until 2002 when she sold her house and moved into Sheltered Accommodation in Birmingham. More recently, Kathleen moved to Dormy House to be closer to her family.

Located in one of the most sought after residential areas in Sunningdale, adjacent to the world renowned Golf Course and with views over the Ladies’ Course, Dormy House offers residential, nursing and specialist dementia care for up to 88 elderly ladies and gentlemen.

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Home Manager

Joanne Gullon


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