Marie’s birthday gift keeps on giving

Neil Wright chief executive of Willowbrook Hospice and Sheila Green president of The St Austin's Conference of St Vincent De Paul Society accept cheus of �560 each from Mrs Marie Harvey who asked for donations to celebrate her 90th birthday.
Neil Wright chief executive of Willowbrook Hospice and Sheila Green president of The St Austin's Conference of St Vincent De Paul Society accept cheus of �560 each from Mrs Marie Harvey who asked for donations to celebrate her 90th birthday.
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BIG-hearted Marie Harvey asked her family and friends not to buy her presents for her 90th birthday - and donate cash to two deserving charities instead.

Mrs Harvey, a former Labour councillor and retired primary school teacher from Nutgrove, wanted Willowbrook Hospice and St Vincent de Paul, a Catholic charity, to benefit on her big day.

And her generous family and friends dug deep to raise a bumper total of more than £1,000.

Mrs Havery’s daughter Therese Harvey said: “Mum said she didn’t want anything for her birthday but she did want people to donate to Willowbrook and St Vincent.

“Both charities are very close to mum’s heart so she was delighted with the total she raised.”

Mrs Harvey’s birthday on June 3, attended by Labour MP Dave Watts. Her close family then also presented her with a commorative fountain.