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In memory of Dora Holmes

Published on 03 August 2020 11:47 AM

Age UK Wandsworth has sadly learnt of the death of Dora Holmes earlier this year. Dora had been a trustee for an exceptionally long time, almost certainly beginning as early as the 1980s, through the 1990s and into the beginning of the new millennium.

Dora and her husband Len were stalwarts of the organisation, with Len as chairman at the time of the incorporation of Age Concern Wandsworth. The record of the Extraordinary General Meeting on 12th January 1998 to approve this is still held at Companies House, as is the list of subscribers to the new Articles of Association. Both Dora and Len have their signature on the Companies House Annual Return from that time and as subscribers to the new Articles.

Some of our trustees have happy memories of Dora, including manning a stall at the annual Wandsworth Fair, which was held in different parts of the borough each year. In those earlier days, the charity’s office was at 202 Tooting High St. and several of the trustees, including Dora, would travel together by bus to and from the office and seemed to have had a very enjoyable time chatting about Dora’s family.

Happily, they kept in touch with Dora for many years after her retirement.

Age UK Wandsworth relied on wonderful and dedicated volunteers like Dora for the trustee roles and still does. It is a vital role in ensuring the continuity of the charity and the oversight of its activities. Many trustees have been, and are, involved in the day to day activities of Age UK Wandsworth, which are needed to sustain the charity.