Holbeach diamond couple donate toys to children’s centre

Jean and Peter with some of the toys. SG261116-130TW

Jean and Peter with some of the toys. SG261116-130TW

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Diamond wedding couple Peter and Jean Chenery asked for toys instead of anniversary presents so they could donate them to children.

Peter (83) and Jean (79) received around 55 toys and they will go to the Honeyhill Children’s Centre, in Peterborough, to add a little magic to their Christmas celebrations.

The couple, who live in Fairfields, Holbeach, were just as generous on their golden wedding when they collected for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Thursday and enjoyed a big party on Saturday in Holbeach Services Club.

Holbeach born Peter and Doncaster born Jean met in 1954.

Jean says: “We met at a dance in the Corn Exchange at Doncaster. I used to love dancing and Peter used to go there with his RAF mates and that’s how we met. We were courting for two years and then decided to get married.”

During Peter’s years with the RAF, the couple enjoyed a tour to Cyprus.

After leaving the RAF, Peter worked for Green’s at Whaplode for a short time before switching to lorry driving, a job he stuck to until he retired.

Jean worked in home care and was with Somerfields in Holbeach for more than 12 years.

The couple have a son, Russell and a daughter, Kirsty but sadly lost a son, Stephen, last year.

They also have two grandchildren.

Peter and Jean were happy to ask for toys to be given to them, instead of presents, because they felt they didn’t need anything themselves.

Jean said: “We couldn’t see any point in being selfish and, as it’s near Christmas, we wanted to give presents to children who are less fortunate.”

The couple are well travelled, having visited America around eight times as well as enjoying a return visit to Cyprus “to see what it was like”.

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