George’s gift to hospice

sp93036 Youlegrave Man Donates Birthday Money To Ashgate Hospice. George Parkinson.
sp93036 Youlegrave Man Donates Birthday Money To Ashgate Hospice. George Parkinson.

Generous George Parkinson did not want gifts for his 90th birthday – instead he asked for donations to a cause close to his heart.

Mr Parkinson, of Youlgrave, who marked the milestone on October 24, handed over a cheque for £350 to Ashgate Hospice this week.

He said: “I’ve drawers and cupboards full of stuff and didn’t want any presents. Also I wanted to take the stress out of it for my relatives who don’t know what to buy me.

“I picked the hospice because four of my friends died in hospices and I was impressed by how well they were looked after.”

Mr Parkinson, who has lived at Granby House for five years and has two daughters, was part of the RAF Bomber Command in World War Two and flew Lancaster Bombers over France and Germany.

His colourful life has also included working as a miner for 18 years, running a bed and breakfast in Blackpool, a pub in Yorkshire and two greengrocers.

He said: “I’ve never been bored.

“We had a smashing party for my birthday with a singer and plenty of booze. It was one of the best parties I’ve ever had.”