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Bromsgrove's Margaret celebrates 55 years of fund-raising for Birmingham Children's Hospital which saved her son

Tristan Harris 21st Nov, 2019 Updated: 21st Nov, 2019

A WOMAN is celebrating 55 years of fund-raising for Birmingham Children’s Hospital (BCH) which saved her son’s life when he was just weeks old.

Margaret Orbell’s first-born Mark needed pioneering surgery for pyloric stenosis and it was carried out at BCH.

She began fund-raising in the 1950s for Longbridge Baptist Church which needed an extension by selling greetings cards and wrapping paper.

Once the campaign reached its successful conclusion, Margaret continued to raise funds for the BCH.

Last week a special celebration in recognition of the 92-year-old’s efforts was held at Bromsgrove Baptist Church where Margaret and her husband have been active members for many years.

The event was attended by Anna Pendlebury from the Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

She said Margaret was an ‘inspiration’ and added: “Families who have experienced the treatment and care of our hospital often never forget their time with us and after over 55 years of fund-raising, Margaret is living proof of that.

“We’re blown away by her dedication to our charity and can only begin to imagine the countless number of our sick children Margaret and her husband Ron have helped and supported over the years.

“We’re forever grateful and count ourselves lucky to have the family as our supporters.”

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