Doreen Keane

My first role at Anchor was working alongside Doreen.  I had never worked in placements, so was naturally nervous and a little bit anxious.  Doreen welcomed me with open arms, I remember her kindness and generosity in those early days.  This is something Doreen demonstrated on a daily basis, not just to me but everyone.

A few months into my role, a member of my family was diagnosed with cancer and Doreen was a tower of strength, she hugged me, she gave me hope and I know she prayed for our family.  I will never ever forget that dark time and Doreen was my shining light throughout.

Doreen was a wonderful lady, and she could talk to absolutely anyone and make them feel at ease within the first few minutes of the conversation, she had a precious gift.  I remember sitting with her at lunch times at the old office and she would tell us all about her travels she did when she was younger.  I do actually believe that she travelled the world, her knowledge of places was immense.

Another fond memory I have of Doreen is her being my human sat nav and my saviour.  I was on a visit in Sittingbourne and got completely lost.  I called Dor at the office, and she stayed on the phone to me navigating me back safely.  That was one time, where when of Dor’s famous sayings was very true, ‘show willing in the face of adversity!’

Doreen was a very private person, but she was immensely proud of her family, her husband Pete, her daughters Sarah and Laura, her son James and of course her grandchildren.  My condolences to you all at this sad time.

Oh, dearest Dor, I will really miss you, Anchor will not be the same without you here. 

You have earned your rest, sleep well.


All my love Sally x

Sally Killian

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