Grace does her bit for charity

GREAT-great grandmother Grace Smith can't wait to fill her green box.For Grace, 90, fills box after box with small change to help raise money for the East Suffolk Association for the Blind (ESAB).

GREAT-great grandmother Grace Smith can't wait to fill her green box.

For Grace, 90, fills box after box with small change to help raise money for the East Suffolk Association for the Blind (ESAB).

And not only is she a dedicated fundraiser for the group, she has encouraged all her fellow residents at the Yetton Ward House sheltered complex in Cricket Hill Road, Felixstowe, to join in and now they all have green collecting boxes, too.

To mark the tremendous support of Grace and her gang, ESAB presented her with a special framed certificate and a bouquet.

It was an extra special afternoon, too, for Grace – a chance for the five generations of her family to get together, including the youngest, new-born baby Thomas Rattle, her great-great grandson.

Baby Thomas was accompanied by his mum Gemma Rattle, grandmother Julie Grieg and great grandmother Pat List.

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ESAB chairman Norman Thompson paid tribute to Grace, who is visually impaired, and her friends.

"We just wanted to come along and thank them because they do such a tremendous job in collecting this money," said Mr Thompson.

"Last year they sent us around £250 in their green boxes. The efforts of people like them are vitally important to the work we do – our green boxes from people throughout east Suffolk raised £4,000 last year, and with around £5 in each that's a lot of boxes."

ESAB has 170 visually impaired members in Felixstowe and runs monthly social events for them, an annual outing and Christmas party. It also provides a wide range of equipment special designed for people with sight problems.

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