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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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Cumbria golden anniversary couple give cash to good cause

A CUMBRIA couple celebrating their golden wedding anniversary have donated more than a thousand pounds to a cancer charity in recognition of the care their son received.

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generous donation Brian and Irene Hartley presenting a cheque for £1,060 to Anne Sweeney, centre, of Rosemere Cancer Foundation. The money was donated instead of gifts for their golden wedding anniversary

Brian and Irene Hartley, of Haverigg, handed over £1,060 to Rosemere Cancer Foundation, which they received in gifts to mark 50 years of marriage.

Instead of treating themselves the couple decided to show their appreciation to the foundation for the care their son David received at the Rosemere Cancer Centre in Preston.

He was diagnosed with cancer eight years ago and received radiotherapy but has continued to make a good recovery and will celebrate his 50th birthday in March.

Mrs Hartley said: “It was our golden wedding on October 26. We had a party at Haverigg Cricket Club for friends and family.

“We did a little raffle but also an auction with things people gave us and we put quite a few prizes in ourselves.

“We had a lovely night.”

She added: “David would go to Rosemere for any treatment he needed. He had fantastic treatment there.”

Anne Sweeney, area fundraising co-ordinator for Morecambe Bay and South Cumbria, said: “Rosemere are delighted to receive such a fabulous amount of money.

“Mr and Mrs Hartley must be a very popular couple and have very generous friends! By choosing to donate their anniversary gifts to support Rosemere, they have directly impacted on the lives of people and their families whose lives have been touched by cancer. All the funds raised will go directly to fund care and vital research, making a real difference to local people.”

Mr and Mrs Hartley were married in Bootle Church, on October 26, 1963, and moved to Haverigg in 1986.

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