GREAT-GRANDMOTHER Mary Thomson forfeited presents when she celebrated her 80th birthday because she wants top help find a cure for cancer.
Instead of friends and loved ones getting her presents she asked for donations to go towards Cancer Research UK and was delighted to hand over £300.
Mary, who held her 80th birthday party last Friday, said: “I gave the money to the charity to try to find a cure for cancer. I had a friend who recently died of cancer and have had a cousin die of it, and I wanted to help raise funds.”
Mary, who has five children, 13 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren, celebrated her birthday on June 2 but had to delay her party because she had to have a hip replacement operation.
Mary, of Chepstow Walk, Hartlepool, added: “My birthday was on the same day as the Queen’s Jubilee and my family threw me a surprise party around that time. But I had celebrated my 70th birthday at the Rovers Club in Hartlepool and said that as soon as I was well enough I would have an 80th birthday party there too.
“So when I felt able to I booked the Rovers and asked guests to donate money to Cancer Research.”
Paul Wadsworth, from Cancer Research UK, said: “Cancer Research UK continues to work hard to beat cancer. However, we can only do this thanks to the support of the general public without whom we would not be able to fund our vital research.
“We would like to thank Mary Thomson for thinking of others on her 80th birthday, and for asking her family and friends to make a donation to Cancer Research UK in lieu of gifts.”
Mary added: “I would like to thank all those who came to the party and donated money.”