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Generous centenarian raises £1,000 towards Stratford Hospital appeal

Stratford Editorial 10th Sep, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A GENEROUS centenarian knew exactly what she wanted for her special birthday.

Stratfordian Margaret Franklin celebrated her 100th birthday with two parties.

But instead of asking for presents on her special day, the centenarian told family and friends to give to Stratford Hospital’s £1million appeal.

Hospital chiefs are looking to create a new cancer and state-of-the-art eye treatment centre at the existing hospital site on Arden Street.

It is hoped the appeal will help fund everything from specialist chemotherapy chairs to iPads that do not come as standard in the new £22million hospital.

And as the former dancer and cyclist suffers from macular degeneration, she was keen to see donations go towards a cause close to her heart.

But even she was surprised to learn her generous deed had helped raise more than £1,000.

Stratford Hospital fund-raising manager, Ali Gray, said: “I have been overwhelmed by Margaret’s gesture and the support of her family and friends.

“The generosity shown is very much appreciated and the money raised shall have a huge impact.”

Visit for further information about the appeal.

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