Golden couple help hospice

Denise Shepherd of the Hartlepool and District Hospice pictured with Ted and Jean Brown.
Denise Shepherd of the Hartlepool and District Hospice pictured with Ted and Jean Brown.

A LOVING couple proved they had hearts of gold when they forfeited anniversary gifts in aid of their local hospice.

Jean and Ted Brown celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary on Friday with 160 family and friends at the United Services Social Club, in Miers Avenue, Hartlepool.

The thoughtful couple, from Skelton Street, in the West View area of Hartlepool, told party-goers not to get them any presents, but to dig deep for Hartlepool and District Hospice instead.

They raised £400 for the hospice, in Wells Avenue, and presented the cash to grateful representatives from the organisation yesterday.

Jean, 70, a retired Price’s clothing factory worker and Lynnfield Primary School cleaner, thanked everyone who donated and said: “We chose the hospice because we like the charity and are always hearing about the wonderful work it does.

“We are not bothered at all that we didn’t get gifts, we had told people not to - it is much better to give than receive.”

Husband Ted, also 70, who is a retired fireman, ex-Hartlepool Steelworks employee and former orderly at Hartlepool General Hospital, said: “You get stuff you don’t need so we would rather have the money and give it to somebody who will put it to a good cause.”

The couple met in 1959 after being introduced at a Miss Tyne Tees competition at Hartlepool Borough Hall.

They were married at St Thomas More Roman Catholic Church, in Easington Road, on February 11, 1961.

They have children called Christine Hepple and Jeanette Goulding, who still live in Hartlepool, and Peter Brown, who lives in York.

The couple, who have seven grandchildren, attended a marriage blessing service at the same church they were married in, on Saturday night.

Hospice chief executive Tracy Woodall said: “We really appreciate the fact that Mr and Mrs Brown thought of us on their special day.”