Annie and Sammy’s golden gift for charity

Anne and sammy McGregor hand over a cheque to Lucille Brolly, chair of the Roe Valley Friends of Marie Curie Cancer Care. (0609SJ10)
Anne and sammy McGregor hand over a cheque to Lucille Brolly, chair of the Roe Valley Friends of Marie Curie Cancer Care. (0609SJ10)

A big hearted Limavady couple celebrating 50 years of marriage have made a generous gesture to a local cancer charity.

Annie and Sammy McGregor tied the knot on August 15, 1963.

Sammy, at the age of 82, still works in his own business as a gardener and has no intentions of retiring.

To celebrate the couple’s golden wedding anniversary their family arranged a surprise party.

However, the surprise didn’t last long and the couple found out and asked that instead of presents, they wanted to give money to the Roe Valley Friends of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The couple say they have everything they need and wanted to do somehting good for a great charity.

“At our time of life we do not really need presents but decided that a donation to charity was better,” said Annie.

Sammy agreed.

“Marie Curie was the charity we decided on. They do a lot of good,” said Sammy.

The couple handed over a cheque to the value of £730 to a delighted Lucille Brolly, chair of the Roe Valley Friends of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

“Annie and Sammy were so generous with their donation which will help the Marie Curie organisation to provide much need care in the community,” said Lucille.

“I am amazed at the amount of money raised, and I know Sammy and Annie were too.

“ We are absolutely delighted, because raising money is hard work right now and we have a lot of work planned, so we are very thankful for what Annie and Sammy have done.”

Roe Valley Friends of Marie Curie Cancer Care was set up 21 years ago and have raised tens of thousands of pounds to raise awareness about Marie Curie Cancer Care.

“All donations are very welcome, small or big, because it all helps. It takes £20 per hour for Marie Curie nurses and we all know so many families, sadly, that are affected by cancer. No one knows who could be next, but we keep going,” said Lucille.

Roe Valley Friends of Marie Curie Cancer care are holding their annual charity ball at Limavady Rugby Club on September 21. Tickets are available from George’s Cafe or Cafe Piazza in Limavady.

This weekend, from 6-8 September, Limavady businessman Brian McNulty is to donate the entire weekend’s takings from his award-winning chip shop to charity, in an act he says is in memory of his “inspirational” wife Anne, who sadly passed away in September 2012 after a five-year battle with cancer.