She might have been around longer than most, but at nearly 100 years old Doris Schweitzer is still a livewire.
Throughout the last century the great, great grandmother and born and bred Sheffielder has never lost her lust for life – and now she’s appealing for help to make her 100th birthday celebrations go off with a bang.
The life-long Salvation Army supporter wants old friends to celebrate with her at a bash at Guildford Grange in Norfolk Park on August 29.
Doris and her husband Ernest first moved in to their Woodseats home in 1935, where she brought up daughter Janet and remained long after becoming a widow.
She made the move to the extra care housing scheme in 2009, but she has never lost her independence despite being its oldest resident.
The popular lady is much-loved by her family, including latest addition baby Layla – Doris’ great-great-granddaughter.
Her warmth also made her the perfect candidate for the art project Look At Me – Images of Women and Ageing in Sheffield two years ago.
Tina Anderson, project manager at Guilford Grange, said: “Doris has a great sense of humour and is full of joy.
“She loved posing for her picture to be taken.
“She’s always been fiercely independent and she refused to be in a wheelchair until about a year ago.
“Doris used to love our fitness club.
“She can’t do as much now as she’s very frail but one of our staff members does armchair taekwondo and she really enjoys it.”
Kind-hearted Doris who used to volunteer for Sheffield’s Salvation Army hopes friends from the weekly lunch club she attended until recently will come along to wish her happy birthday and share memories of old times next month.
In true selfless style, she has asked guests not to bring presents – just donations for the charity.
The party will get started at around 4pm.
Friends can contact Tina on 0114 2737888 for details of the party.