A CARE home is appealing to County Gazette readers to help an incredible Taunton woman celebrate her 104th birthday next week.

The Manor Care Home, in Bishop's Hull, is laying on a special party to help Dulcie Clatworthy enjoy her big day next Monday (March 8).

And it is asking as many people as possible to send Dulcie a birthday card to bring her some cheer during these unprecedented times.

Although she never complains, Dulcie has missed being able to hug her daughter, Barbara, during the current Covid restrictions.

The two are able to meet up through a glass partition and speak through a microphone, as well as regularly chatting over the phone.

Manor Care Home's activities co-ordinator Marc Chidgey said: "Dulcie's a marvellous person.

"You couldn't tell she is almost 104. She's very with it.

"She gets on with all the staff and nothing really fazes her. She's making the best of things.

"She enjoys being able to see and communicate with her daughter, although she misses the hugs, and she misses coming into the staff's room to have a cup of tea."

Dulcie was born and brought up in the North Petherton area.

She worked in the munitions factory in Bridgwater during the Second World War.

She was married to George and the couple moved to Taunton, where he worked for Maynard's Bakery.

After George died in 1970, Dulcie lived with her daughter Barbara for 20 years before moving to Manor Care Home at the age of 98.

Fellow residents in her care home have made her a large birthday card and a musical entertainer will perform via Zoom at a party on Monday.

People are being asked to send birthday cards to Dulcie Caltworthy, c/o The Activities Co-ordinator, Manor Care Home, Haydon Close, Bishop's Hull, TA1 5HF.