Hello Dolly: you’re 105

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY LIFE - BY JONATHAN KAL­MUS

BIG CEL­E­BRA­TIONS were planned yes­ter­day at the Heath­lands home in Manch­ester, where res­i­dent Dolly Phillips was due to cel­e­brate her 105th birth­day.

Born on May 22 1903, she has ded­i­cated her life to com­mu­nity wel­fare through the Manch­ester Jewish Soup Kitchen — where she first as­sisted when she was 17 — and in­tro­duc­ing kosher meals-on-wheels in 1942. She con­tin­ued to work on meals-on-wheels un­til well into her nineties and took care of its ac­counts un­til the age of 101.

She re­tains a keen wit, greet­ing the JC: “Shalom Ale­ichem, a nice Yid­dishe boy.” Birth­day cards and fam­ily pho­tos adorn her bed­side ta­ble on the nurs­ing floor at Heath­lands.

Dolly also pro­duced a note of thanks for a present she had bought her great­great niece.

“I can’t be­lieve it,” she re­flected. “One-hun­dred-and-five. I’m sup­posed to get some­thing from the Queen. But I don’t want to be here for­ever,” she joked. “I’m not sure about 107.”

A Bri­tish Em­pire Medal is among a slew of awards she has re­ceived for com­mu­nity ser­vice.

PHOTO: LAWRENCE PUR­CELL

Dolly Phillips and care as­sis­tants Ed­wina Cabasagan and Jane Hod­kin­son

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