Charity boosted by two birthday girls

Kind-hearted Madeleine Pryde and Elizabeth Flynn. Picture: Gordon Fraser
Kind-hearted Madeleine Pryde and Elizabeth Flynn. Picture: Gordon Fraser
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Two women raised more than £1000 for a Midlothian charity by taking donations instead of presents at their recent milestone birthdays.

Madeleine Pryde and Elizabeth Flynn recently celebrated their 90th and 80th birthdays respectively by taking donations for Newbattle Handicapped Club, finally handing over a cheque for £1100.

Club secretary John Dorans said: “We are delighted, over the moon. These women have given us thousands over the years. This shows there really are good people out there. I was at their joint birthday party, it was a tremendous night. I gave a speech thanking them for all their help over the years. As a wee thank you we always invite them to our Christmas party. Madeleine and her husband Tommy even did the same for their diamond wedding anniversary. When they ran the Dalkeith Ladies Section they donated money every year to us.

“The money will go towards the upkeep of the club, as we are a voluntary organisation. It will pay for trips. Some of it may be spent on new games for the group. It’s still to be decided. We also need money for transport. And we give all the members teas and cakes, so it all adds up. We only have one major funder, the FLB Group in Dalkeith.

“They do fundraising every year for us. So it’s extremely important that we get donations.”

The group has 23 members aged 18 to 44. They meet at Gorebridge Primary School every Thursday, except during school holidays. The group has been going for 33 years, originally meeting in Mayfield.

John and his wife Margaret have been involved in the running of the club for more than three decades.

“I have been involved for 31 years, my wife has been involved since the very start,” said John. “Her mother Dorothy Neil, former councillor Peter Boyce and Nessie Woods started the club in 1982.

“My wife has done everything from drive the minibus to organising trips. It’s great that the group is still going strong. Some of the members have been there for 30 years.

“Everybody that has come has stayed with the club, unless they had to move away.

“So they obviously appreciate it themselves.”