Officers helped to make 100-year-old Doreen Beare’s big birthday extra special by visiting her to celebrate on Wednesday (23 March).
Sergeant Noel Buckley and PCSO Milan Boca went to see Doreen at her home in Radlett, where she has lived for more than 40 years.
Sergeant Buckley said: “It was a delight to meet Doreen and her daughter and I am glad that we were able to make her birthday extra special. I even had the honour of reading Doreen’s birthday card from the Queen to her.”
Doreen has had an interesting life. She was born in Tottenham, has one daughter and was married for 52 years. She served in the Artillery Territory Services for five years where she used to monitor screens in a radar cabin before working at Lloyds of London Insurance where she met her husband.
A dog lover, she later had a role as a support worker locally for many years which she really enjoyed.
Well-travelled Doreen, who has visited 61 countries and told officers she would like to revisit France, has also rubbed shoulders with late singer George Michael, who used to visit to play with her dog when he was a boy.
While officers were with Doreen this week she received a birthday call from Princess Dr Nisreen El Hashemite – an Iraqi scientist and promoter of women in science. The call was set up by a care worker Adam Drozd who also organised for local school children and neighbours to visit Doreen on her birthday. She also received hand made cards from clients at the day centre where Adam works.
He said: “Everyone that came made her day amazing. It made her so happy. She said it was her best birthday.”
Sergeant Buckley added: “Now that we know Doreen, we’ll be popping in to see her from time to time as part of our local patrols to make sure she’s OK.”
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