Charlie Dolan, 100, nominated for care home prize

Charlie Dolan celebrates his 99th birthday in the care home with 'Hearts players Kevin McHattie, Scott Robinson and Callum Paterson in 2013.' Picture: Neil Hanna
Charlie Dolan celebrates his 99th birthday in the care home with 'Hearts players Kevin McHattie, Scott Robinson and Callum Paterson in 2013.' Picture: Neil Hanna
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CHARLES Dolan, a resident at a city care home, has been nominated for a prestigious prize at the Scottish Care Awards 2015.

The 100-year-old, who is a resident at North Merchiston Care Home, was brought up in Leith and spent his life as a footballer and electrician.

He became a resident at the Merchiston care home when he was 98 following a very “active life”, according to Ann Lyell, the deputy manager of the care home.

She nominated Mr Dolan – known to his peers as Charlie – for the Care Home Resident Achievement Category. Charlie said: “I am very surprised but thrilled and honoured to be chosen as a finalist in these prestigious awards.”

The centenarian is a Hearts supporter, who still regularly attends games and enjoys a pint and a pie with his friends.

Ms Lyell said: “Mr Dolan likes to be known as Charlie and was 98 years young when he became a resident following a very active life.

“Now 100, he is more than happy to relay all his stories of his life to anybody who will listen.

“He still enjoys going to his favourite restaurant for his Indian curry where he’s been a regular for 25 years.

“A true gentleman who lives life to the full and makes the most of every day, Charlie deserves this award.”

The Scottish Care National Care Home Conference, which is now in its 16th year and is sponsored by the Bank of Scotland, has incorporated an awards ceremony for the last 11 years.

This year’s ceremony will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow and recognises individuals, teams and companies for outstanding achievement in care.