Chandler’s Ford volunteers help Dorothy celebrate her 101st

Local group helps elderly residents to beat the coronavirus lockdown

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Dorothy Fray celebrating her 101st

An elderly Chandler’s Ford resident has celebrated her 101st Birthday in style – despite the lockdown- thanks to the volunteers of Chandler’s Ford Help.

Dorthy Fray – who has 13 great -grandchildren – has lived in Chandler’s Ford for over 70 years and normally relies on her daughter for her care and shopping needs, but when her daughter had to self-isolate volunteers from the local residents coronavirus help group stepped in to provide her with care and contact and even presented her with a bunch of flowers on her birthday.

The retired civil servant and former wartime nurse has lived in Chandler’s Ford for over 70 years and has been a regular shopper at Waitrose, who also sent a bunch of flowers to mark her milestone Birthday.

Chandler’s Ford Help was formed by community-minded residents in order to help older and vulnerable neighbours through the Coronavirus lockdown and say they have 550 active volunteers.

Dorothy Fray’s daughter, Margaret Atkinson – who is also a local councillor-  told Eastleigh News that she is grateful for the ‘invaluable’ support the group have given her mum:

 “The volunteer support provided by CFHelp has been invaluable in enabling me to continue self-isolating and thus continue to act as a career for my mother.

This support has enabled Mum to celebrate her special day with cake, candles and presents despite the restrictions of lockdown.

I cannot praise and thank all of the CFHelp team enough for all their help in making this day memorable for Mum.”

You can read more about the activities of Chandler’s Ford Help here and contact them on 07493 087427 or by email at