Volunteer who dedicated nearly 50 years to St John Ambulance celebrates 101st birthdayBy Jon Nurse
January 17, 2013
A kind-hearted volunteer who devoted almost 50 years of work to St John Ambulance celebrated her 101st birthday.
Friends at Suffolk Lodge Care Home in Rectory Road, Wokingham, prepared a cake and sang to Alice Gibson on Saturday, as she reminisced on a century of memories with her daughter Christine Ware.
“She keeps us all in check,” care home manager Wendy Luck joked. “She’s a great character.
“She’s lovely to chat to and can tell us such wonderful stories.”
Mrs Gibson, a great-grandmother of four, was given the honour of Dame of the Order for her work with St John Ambulance. The popular resident was born in Stirling in Scotland and settled with her husband John in Gillingham, Kent.
She emigrated to South Africa after his death, where she lived for close to three decades before moving to Wokingham in 2005.