A KIND-HEARTED registrar received the “perfect” birthday present – hundreds of pounds to be donated to a town primary school.
Margaret Cosgrave celebrated her 65th birthday last month and enjoyed a gathering at the Belle Vue Social Club, in Hartlepool’s Kendal Road.
But instead of receiving presents to mark the occasion, Margaret asked family and friends to donate a small amount of cash to hand over to Springwell Primary School.
Margaret’s grandson Ged, eight, is a pupil at the school, in Hartlepool’s Wiltshire Way, which has been raising money to fund a new sensory room.
Margaret, who is Hartlepool’s deputy superintendent registrar, received an impressive £340 for her birthday, which has all now been donated to the school.
“I never bother with birthday parties normally, but instead of receiving gifts I thought this would be a nice idea to help the school,” said Margaret, who lives in the Stockton Road area of Hartlepool with her husband Kevin.
Margaret, a mum of two and grandmother of four, was given a tour of the school when she handed the money over.
She added: “The teachers and staff there told us how much of a difference the money will make as they raise funds for their sensory room so it made me feel very proud.”
Karl Telfer, headteacher at Springwell Primary School, said: “A sensory room is absolutely invaluable for all of our children, but especially those with sensory needs or those who are autistic.
“It’s a fantastic gesture from Mrs Cosgrave and we are extremely grateful.”
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