Caring centenarian raises £400 after asking for charity donations instead of presents (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Caring centenarian raises £400 after asking for charity donations instead of presents
A CENTENARIAN raised £400 for charity during her three-day celebration for reaching the grand age of 100.
Phyllis Seabright, who lives on Selby Close, told friends and family that she would rather have donations to Lewis-Manning Hospice, which offers palliative care to those with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses, than presents and cards.
Son Robin said: “On Sunday she had a party with all the residents of Selby Close, her family and friends. It raised £400 for Lewis-Manning Hospice, who she has supported for many years.
He added: “The day before, we had a coach trip for 48 people to Portland.
“Originally, I asked her what she wanted to do for her birthday and she said nothing. Then, my wife, Maureen, and I mentioned about a coach trip, which she liked the sound of, and we asked her to write down all the names of the people that she wanted to be there. She came back to us with a list of 87 people, but we could only take half and she had a great day out.
“She has got a very active mind and a good memory.”
The Mayor of Poole, Cllr Phil Eades, and his wife, Helen, presented Mrs Seabright with a card and flowers on her final day of celebrations on Monday as she attended the Age Concern Poole Pop-In session.
He said it was his last duty as Mayor before he was succeeded by Cllr Peter Adams on Tuesday.
Cllr Phil Eades said: “It is always a pleasure to come to Selby Close, which is full of happy, smiling residents. I would also give my best wishes to Mrs Seabright for her birthday.
“It was my 12th visit to a centenarian during my Mayoral year in Poole, which have included a 104-year-old and a 105-year-old, all of which have been women, which has been very interesting.”
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