Knowing their loving family and friends would want to wish them a happy 65th wedding anniversary with gifts, Charles and Ada Short asked them to donate money to a charity instead.
And that charity is the Grantham Journal Children’s Fund, which exists to offer financial help to families with disabled children.
The warm-hearted couple, who live in Princess Drive, Grantham, were over the moon to receive £200 for the charity.
Charles, who donated £300 to the fund two years ago after asking the same of loved ones for his 90th birthday, said: “We had marvellous support from everyone.”
Ada, 87, added: “It’s something that’s very close to our hearts because it’s for local children.”
The couple were married at St John’s Church in Grantham on April 2, 1949, followed by a reception at Ada’s home and then a honeymoon in Hastings.
They enjoyed a peaceful anniversary last Wednesday, and then a party at home with 50 guests at the weekend, organised by daughter-in-law Jill. They were joined by their son and daughter, five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and friends from across the country.
Ada said: “We had a gorgeous day, really lovely. It was everything we could have wished for. We feel really blessed with our family.”
They were given cakes, cards and special gifts. Plus, they received a card from the Queen.
** If the Children’s Fund can help you – be it to buy medical equipment or help with hospital travel costs – then please get in touch. All requests, whatever they may be for, will be considered by charity trustees who are keen to do all they can to help disabled children and their families living in the Grantham area. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org or write a letter to: Children’s Fund, Grantham Journal, 46 High Street, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG31 6NE.