Golden event for all

PUBLISHED: 08:25 27 January 2006 | UPDATED: 21:39 28 May 2010

Brenda and John Hammond (left) with (left to right) Martin Russell, son and daughter-in-law Paul and Elaine Hammond and Kerry Hammond.

Brenda and John Hammond (left) with (left to right) Martin Russell, son and daughter-in-law Paul and Elaine Hammond and Kerry Hammond.

MORE than £1,000 has been given to help terminally ill children after a Manea couple asked for donations for Milton Hospice instead of gifts for their golden wedding anniversary. John and Brenda Hammond celebrated their 50 years of marriage with a party f

DONATIONS: The golden couple with those who donated prizes for the fund-raising raffle.

MORE than £1,000 has been given to help terminally ill children after a Manea couple asked for donations for Milton Hospice instead of gifts for their golden wedding anniversary.

John and Brenda Hammond celebrated their 50 years of marriage with a party for more than 100 family members and friends.

But they requested donations for the hospice, which Brenda, 74, has supported since it opened about 20 years ago.

John, 72, and Brenda also held a raffle, and more than £1,000 has now been raised for the hospice, which is currently suffering a financial crisis and may lose a number of staff.

GOLDEN MOMENT: Brenda and John Hammond with some of their friends who attended the party.
Pictures: PETER UPTON

The couple, who were married in the village church, spent the first 10 years of their married life in Manea, then moved to March for 21 years, before returning to the village 18 years ago to build their own bungalow.

They had original wedding photos on display at their party and one bridesmaid, Pearl Beeken, was among the guests.

But sadly, John and Brenda had not been able to contact the best man and their other bridesmaid was unable to attend.

The couple have one son Paul, daughter-in-law Elaine and two grandchildren.

John is the eldest of six and Brenda has one brother, who were all at the party.

John and Brenda are both actively involved in the Royal British Legion, both in the village and county and Brenda is currently chairman of Manea Over Sixties Club.

They will enjoy a celebratory Mediterranean cruise at a later date.

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