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St Elizabeth Hospice receives collection pot older than the hospice itself

PUBLISHED: 07:38 18 June 2017 | UPDATED: 08:38 18 June 2017

Jodie Whitham (right) and Rebecca Jedrzejewski (left) from the fundraising team at St Elizabeth Hospice show off the collection pots. Both were born in 1992 and are younger than the pots they hold. Picture: ST ELIZABETH HOSPICE

Jodie Whitham (right) and Rebecca Jedrzejewski (left) from the fundraising team at St Elizabeth Hospice show off the collection pots. Both were born in 1992 and are younger than the pots they hold. Picture: ST ELIZABETH HOSPICE

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St Elizabeth Hospice has received a long overdue donation - from a collection pot older than the hospice itself.

The blue pot, which dates back to July 1989 , was discovered in the house of a person who had died and was passed on by the executor of their will.

And although it contains a few old five pound notes, the pennies mounted up to £70.

The hospice only opened its doors to patients in November 1989 and was officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal a few weeks later. But in the run up to the opening, vital funds were needed to build the hospice.

A few weeks after the first collection pot turned up, a second was handed in dating back to 1992.

Jodie Whitham, community fund-raising co-ordinator for the hospice, who was born in the same year, said: “I hadn’t expected to receive something that had been handed out before I was born but we’re always grateful for any donations no matter how far back they date.

“It’s what I love about my job, you never really do know what’s going to come through the door.”

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