Count the cards

We help make 104-year-old’s birthday following appeal

Spurred on by a video message from ITV’s Lorraine Kelly, Royal Mail played its part in helping the wishes of a 104-year-old customer come true, writes Paul Smith.

Somerset County Gazette ran an appeal asking people to send cards to mark Dulcie Clatworthy’s big day and Lorraine chipped in, saying: ‘I can’t believe that you are 104. You’ve got to tell me your secret for looking so fantastic.’

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Dulcie has been unable to hug loved ones – such as daughter Barbara – where she resides at Manor Care Home. The newspaper’s appeal was to help cheer her up – and it worked.

Taunton MPU line manager Paul Bailey said: ‘Following an appeal in the local press and a national appeal from Lorraine Kelly, Dulcie received hundreds of birthday cards from well-wishers.’

Due to restrictions, postwoman Steph Lancaster was unable to present the cards to Dulcie in person, but helped sort through them all.

‘It felt brilliant,’ said Steph. ‘It’s nice to put a smile on all of our customers’ faces, especially those who are 104!’

‘Dulcie was delighted to receive them and very grateful for the appeal that was made to mark her 104th birthday,’ added Paul. ‘She felt very special to receive so many.’

8 Apr 2021