Golden couple to hand out money

Jimmy and Pat Abbey who have donated their Golden Wedding donations to the Great North Air Ambulance. Picture by FRANK REID

Jimmy and Pat Abbey who have donated their Golden Wedding donations to the Great North Air Ambulance. Picture by FRANK REID

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A GOLDEN couple are to donate £900 they received from their 50th wedding anniversary to charity.

Hartlepool couple Jimmy and Pat Abbey asked family and friends to give them money instead of presents for their golden wedding anniversary so they could donate funds to the Great North Air Ambulance and Macmillan nurses.

Pat, 69, of Patterdale Street, said: “We didn’t want any presents because when you’ve been married for that long you don’t need anything.

“So, we just asked everybody for money so we could give it to charity. We just wanted to help and they’re both very special causes that need as much money as they can get.”

The Macmillan nurses charity is particularly close to Pat’s heart, after losing her sister Mary Harrington to cancer, aged 77, three years ago.

The nurses at the charity cared for Mary and Pat says they did a “fantastic job”.

She said: “They were brilliant, and they deserve every penny.

“Jimmy and I would both like to thank everybody who decided to give a donation, it was very kind of them and it’s going to a very worthy cause.”

Pat and Jimmy, 73, were married on March 31, 1962, at St Aidan’s Church, Hartlepool, after meeting while she was working as a sorter, and he was working on the machines at the town’s old Durham Paper Mills.

Jimmy later went on to work at ICI.

The retired pair have four children, 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.