Exmouth pensioner gives away birthday money

PUBLISHED: 13:55 23 August 2010 | UPDATED: 13:55 23 August 2010

Little Bridge House in Barnstaple

Little Bridge House in Barnstaple

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An Exmouth pensioner has given away all her birthday money to a children’s hospice.

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A KIND-HEARTED pensioner from Exmouth asked for money as a 90th birthday present – so she could give it all away to a children’s hospice.

The woman, from Imperial Road, said she had no need for typical birthday gifts such as jewellery or ornaments because of her age and life expectancy, writes Graham Britton.

The modest pensioner, therefore, who did not want to be named, asked for nothing else other than cash from friends and family so she could make a donation to a good cause of her choice.

"I have been spoilt for 90 years and thought it was time to help some youngsters who are having a hard time at the moment. I chose the Little Bridge House because it’s a place for children who are ill"

Kind-hearted Exmouth pensioner

She decided to give money to Little Bridge House, home of the Children’s Hospice South West, based in Barnstaple, North Devon.

“I have been spoilt for 90 years and thought it was time to help some youngsters who are having a hard time at the moment. I chose the Little Bridge House because it’s a place for children who are ill.”

She added: “I have had a wonderful life and thought if the money could bring some pleasure to those children then I was doing the right thing.”

The woman, who lives in sheltered housing, celebrated her 90th birthday by attending a party at the Royal Beacon in Exmouth.

“There were about 50 of us there. We had a buffet meal – it was brilliant.

“I’m just about recovering from the day now,” she joked.

Carla McLoughlin, sheltered housing manager, said what the pensioner decided for her birthday gifts was a very selfless thing to do.

She said: “I think it is wonderful that she thought of other people other than herself on her birthday.”

The 90-year-old, who has four children and 10 grandchildren, was married and widowed twice.

Little Bridge House opened in 1995 and provides palliative and respite care for children with life-limiting illness and their families.

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