Give my presents to the hospice, says Dorothy on her 90th

Dorothy Wood, who will be 90 on Wesdnesday July 20th.
Dorothy Wood, who will be 90 on Wesdnesday July 20th.
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Dorothy Wood will today celebrate her 90th birthday – and will continue to give to the charity that helped her husband in his final days.

Dorothy plays every week on the Overgate Hospice lottery.

She also donates her loose change and never buys Christmas cards, instead preferring to donate to the charity.

Now she has gone one step further and has asked her family and friends not to buy her presents.

Last night, at her party at The Works, Sowerby Bridge, they instead handed over envelopes.

Dorothy, who lives in West Street, Shelf, began donating to the Elland hospice a decade ago.

Her husband, Gordon Harry Terence, known as Terry, died a week after he was admitted to hospital.

“They were marvellous with him. We were allowed to just pop into the kitchen and if we wanted a cuppa, we could make one.

“They couldn’t have been better. Terry just couldn’t have been better looked after.

“The money just means such an awful lot to them,” she said.

She was joined by her two daughters, Christine Hamer and Jacqueline Brazier, as well as their children and great-grandchildren, and friends at the celebration.

Overgate community fund-raiser Caroline Bone said: “We’re absolutely thrilled that Mrs Wood continues to support the hospice – in particular on such a wonderful occasion as her 90th birthday.

“On behalf of everyone at Overgate we wish her a wonderful birthday and hope she thoroughly enjoys the day with her family and friends.”