Bourne fundraiser Nellie sheds a tear at last lunch
A fundraiser shed a tear on Sunday as she hosted her last charity lunch.
Nellie Sanders, who has raised tens of thousands of pounds over more than 30 years with her regular Sunday lunches, held her final one at Bourne Abbey Church Hall.
More than 50 people turned out to the sold-out lunch, which included a delicious fresh fruit salad to start, ham or beef salad with hot potatoes, and gateau or homemade apple pie with hot fresh custard to finish.
Nellie, who is 92, has decided to hang up her apron, saying she no longer has the stamina to keep going.
And she was rewarded for her hard work over the years with a bouquet of flowers presented by her son Charles.
Nellie, of Gladstone Street, Bourne, said: “It was really lovely. People kept saying I should do another but I can’t keep going. It is quite a big thing to organise it.
“But I did have a few tears at the end and it was quite emotional.
“The phone has been off the hook with people ringing me to say thank you.”
The last of Nellie’s lunches raised £1,200, which will be shared equally between WaterAid and the British Heart Foundation.
Nellie described the amount raised as “not bad for three hours work”.
She also paid tribute to all the helpers in the kitchen, the firm that donated the fruit and vegetables and everyone who has supported the lunches.
She added: “I really couldn’t have done it without everyone.”