90-year-old’s gift to heroes

Audrey Woods
Audrey Woods

A GENEROUS pensioner asked for cash instead of presents for her 90th birthday – and donated the whole lot to charity.

Audrey Woods has handed over a total of £600 to Help the Heroes and the SSAFA (Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Airmen’s Families Association) through two £300 donations

And the kind-hearted mum -of-two and grandmother-of-six was delighted to receive recognition from both charities for her donation.

Audrey, a retired secretary, from Seaton Carew, selected the two charities as her grandson, Lieutenant Ben Daniel, is currently a helicopter pilot in the Royal Navy while her late husband, Joe Woods, was a pilot in the Second World War.

Audrey said: “My husband was a pilot in the war and my grandson is a helicopter pilot so I’ve always been interested in the forces.

“It’s always meant a lot to me and I’ve always wanted to help them so that’s why I decided to ask people to donate money, instead of any gifts, to give to these two charities.”

Audrey, who was captain of Seaton Carew Golf Club for 50 years, celebrated her milestone birthday in the Tees Road club with family and friends.

And the sprightly pensioner, whose birthday was on July 24, also went to The Flagship restaurant, which is based inside Hartlepool College of Further Education, for a meal with her friends from the golf club.

Friend Dorothy Warden, 74, also of Seaton Carew, contacted the Mail to publicise Audrey’s good deed and said: “I thought it was a very special idea and it’s typical of Audrey actually.

“She’s always wanting to help others and I just thought she should be recognised.”