Record breaking Doris Long MBE, was recently admitted into our Hospice for rehabilitation care and gained a new record for being Rowans Hospice’s oldest patient.
Daring Doris, already holds the Guinness Book of Records for being the oldest lady to abseil Spinnaker tower. This wonderful local lady has devoted her life to fundraising for causes close to her heart.
Undertaking her first abseil for Rowans at the age of 89 years as she thought ‘it would be fun’, Doris went on to raise a total of raised £15,700.00 for Rowans over the years.
Speaking about her decision to support Rowans she stated: “I knew of Rowans importance to the local community and I thought I better start raising money for people, as I had devoted my life to the protection and welfare of animals!”
This inspirational lady completed a total of four abseils in aid of Rowans Hospice and at one hundred years old, Doris abseiled alongside Fred Dineage, who popped in to the Hospice to see how she was.
Speaking about her recent stay at the Hospice, Doris commented: “Since raising money for Rowans, I always wondered what it was like in the hospice so was so pleased when I was referred here. It is so lovely, I can’t believe you don’t have to pay!
It is so peaceful and tranquil. I love looking out of my window into the garden and watching the squirrels and birds hurrying about. The nurses are wonderful, popping in for a chat and checking I don’t need anything. When I told them I would miss their company when I go home, a lovely girl called Kate popped in to speak to be about Hospice Companions. She is now arranging for someone to pop in to keep me company for a few hours a week.
My stay has given me the rest and recuperation that I have needed. I even attended one of the exercise classes, but when I looked around it was full of too many old people so I thought I was in the wrong place!”
At the age of 104 she is remarkable, the sparkle in her eyes is backed up by her great sense of humour.