Triple delight for Joe

Joe Ludgate with his charity cheques.
Joe Ludgate with his charity cheques.

A PENSIONER is delighted that sales of his life story have raised £180 for three charities close to his heart.

Joe Ludgate decided to sell off copies of his book half price in a bid to raise cash for Cancer Research – because his son Tony, 67, is suffering with the disease, the Alzheimer’s Society – because his wife Frances, 86, has the condition, and the British Heart Foundation – because he suffers with heart disease himself.

The 87-year-old bought 300 copies of the memoirs, called An Ordinary Life, back off the publisher and then came to the Mail to publicise his plan.

Within a few days the dad and grandad had sold dozens of books to readers. He has now managed to raise £180, with £60 going to each of the good causes.

Joe, who has six children, 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, said: “I’m really pleased with the amount that I’ve managed to get from selling the books. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the support of everyone who bought a book, so I want to say thank you very much.”

Joe wrote the book about his life, which started on the historical Middlegate, on Hartlepool’s Headland, seven years ago on his 80th birthday.

He has been selling the books for £3.50, with profits of £2.50 per book going to the charities.