Sharing birthday joy

Margaret and Kevin Cosgrave chat with their grandson Ged and his fellow Springwell Primary School pupils (left to right) Harry Musgrove, Paige King and Jerry Zhang along with headteacher Karl Telfer and teacher Nicola Hodgson

Margaret and Kevin Cosgrave chat with their grandson Ged and his fellow Springwell Primary School pupils (left to right) Harry Musgrove, Paige King and Jerry Zhang along with headteacher Karl Telfer and teacher Nicola Hodgson

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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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