Touching Lives - November 2007
Why I support Action Medical Research
Why did you decide to give to charity at this time?
I was born in June 1907. A centenary is a very special occasion to celebrate, and it was most important to me to honour my late wife’s memory. I decided to ask friends and family to mark my 100th birthday by making donations to Action Medical Research in commemoration of my dear departed wife, Peggie.
Why did you choose Action Medical Research?
I was very pleased to remember Peggie’s favourite charity in such a practical manner. It is wonderful to realise that some of the old diseases are now being eradicated, at least in the western world, if not worldwide.
How did you celebrate your 100th birthday?
Over 100 of my friends and family joined me in a party at St John Evangelist, my local Church in Blackpool. As a music enthusiast and long time member of the Blackpool Music Festival Committee, I was delighted that my protégé, Linda Sherratt, sang several pieces for us, including one that she had learnt especially for the occasion.We also enjoyed listening to a recital by the Arnold Girls’ School Choir.
The world has transformed over your lifetime — what have been the best, and worst, changes you have seen?
I think that the best change I have seen is that generally there is less poverty. Why I support Action Medical Research Huge technological advances have made world transportation so much easier, and accessible to most people.The worst changes are a decline in family values, and the consequent effect on our society.
What do you think are the secrets of a long, healthy life?
Definitely being happily married is the main thing, and also keeping an active and contented mind by participating fully in life. I have always been a keen Church goer, singing in the Choir as a boy alto, and then in later years as a bass. I was also a keen sportsman in my younger days. TL