A GENEROUS-SPIRITED pub landlord has been praised after he sacrificed his own personal 60th birthday celebrations – and gave the money to charity.
Popular Addy Dearnaley who has been innkeeper of The Waggon on Uppermill High Street for 12 years asked family and friends not to buy him presents.
Instead, much to the delight of local and regional officials, he donated a whopping £1,100 to Cancer Research UK.
“I have had a good life and got everything I want really, ” he explained. “I just thought instead of celebrating and receiving presents I’d ask my family and friends to make a donation to charity.
“It just seemed the right thing to do – and I am over the moon with the generosity that has been shown towards the cause. It is a humbling result.”
Rev Godfrey Adams, treasurer of the Saddleworth branch of Cancer Research UK, and a friend of Addy’s , said: “It’s a fantastic contribution from a very kind man.
“People are always coming up with novel ideas to support us – and locally we raise around £20,000 to £30,000 a year. But we are always appreciative of people’s kindness. ”
And the charity’s regional officer, Amanda Warrant, said: “Addy’s gesture It just shows how much people think of him and how much they are willing to help.
“It’s a brilliant result and a very creative idea,” she declared.
But Addy, a fanatical Manchester United supporter, did get one very special treat he kept on his birthday – a MUFC shirt signed by all the players.
“I will treasurer it,” he said. “It takes pride of place in the pub.”
To find out more about donating to Cancer Research UK, visit their website: www.cancercareuk.org